Quitting smoking or using tobacco can be the hardest habit you may try to break. Nicotine, the addictive component can reach the brain faster than most other drugs (usually 7 seconds when inhaled) and causes a release of pleasant feeling hormones. This reaction is why it is so addictive and hard to give up. The key is to find other ways of obtaining that same release such as exercise, meditation, soothing music, reading a book, good conversation, having a positive attitude or being around other people who have a positive attitude, finding something to give meaning to your life that will make you feel good, and or faith or spiritual based beliefs.
There are several resources in the Jackson Community offering services to aid in your quit attempts. They are listed below or you can check out this flyer which has both local as well as state and national resources. Keep in mind also that e-cigarettes are not evidence based for tobacco cessation as they allow people to maintain their nicotine addiction without completely giving up the habit. It is just a change in the method of delivery. E-cigarettes and vaping products are not considered safe alternatives for tobacco and should never be given to young people to use.
Quit Resources are available.
Henry Ford Allegiance Tobacco Treatment Services - One on One or individualized counseling sessions provided by the Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists. Services are free to anyone using tobacco or who is concerned about someone using tobacco. Call (517) 205-7444 for more information.
Lifeways Group Sessions - Tobacco and You: Learn How to Quit Smoking. This group session is free and is offered on Thursdays, from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at the Lifeways building. Please call if you plan to attend as this is a new time for the group. Enter in the back parking lot. Contact Chad Lige, Wellnes Coach at (517) 780-3380, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Tobacco Quitline - The quitline offers resources and referrals. Counseling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy are available to those who qualify. A special program designed for pregnant smokers is also available and includes incentives. Call 1-800-784-8669 to enroll or get more information.
This flyer has information on the quit services available in Jackson County (minus the Support Services) as well as national and state resources on the backside.) The Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition serves as the Smoke Free Health Action Team for the Jackson County area and is focused on reducing tobacco use in both adults and youth. This includes e-cigarettes, hookah and other alternative forms of tobacco that have caught the nation's interest.
The JTRC can provide you with resources, information, education, policy assistance and advocacy awareness on issues surround tobacco