The Great American Smokeout: Tobacco Cessation Resources

The Great American Smokeout: Tobacco Cessation Resources

Nov 04 2020

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the country.

There are countless negative health effects from tobacco use but, despite our knowledge of the habit, it’s hard to quit tobacco. It’s best to take it one day at a time. The Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of each November is a smart day to start quitting.

From stained teeth to serious sickness, tobacco can and will hurt your health. Most of us know the usual side effects, but let’s look at some of them.

Women’s health

Tobacco can:

  • Cause early menopause
  • Lead to a serious condition known as ectopic pregnancy, for those trying to have children
  • Damage fertility and even worsen your period, not to mention heighten your risk of cervical cancer
  • Cause pregnant women to deliver too soon. By quitting, your baby is able to get enough oxygen to grow. The Michigan Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) created a special program for you. Start building a plan today.

Anxiety and mental health

Users might find that anxiety and irritability goes up, which can take a toll on all their lives. Tobacco use is also expensive. Prices and taxes continue to rise. The cost alone can affect your overall wellbeing.

Sense of taste and smell

On a less severe level, tobacco can dull your taste buds. This can reduce the joy you get from your favorite foods. It can cause nose blindness, too. That means your sense of smell goes away. You might want to come to your senses and quit, before you lose some of yours.

Get help quitting.

The Michigan Quitline is 800.975.8102 (TTY users should call 711). It’s free to call and it’s open 24 hours per day. It also doubles your chances of quitting. Phone counseling can vary from a single call to several calls. There’s also a text message option. Various session topics can be anything from your history with tobacco to setting a quit date.

If you’re a Priority Health member, you have:

  1. Access to a care manager at no cost
  2. You may qualify for no-cost tobacco cessation coaching and nicotine replacement therapy through the Michigan Tobacco QuitLine – call toll-free 800.QUIT-NOW (784.8669), TTY users should call 711, or visit

Not a Priority Health member? Ask your health insurance plan provider for resources. You can also check out the Quitline Profile for Michigan at any time to learn more, or talk to your doctor.

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