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American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program offers free nicotine, gum, lozenges through May 31

Native Americans in Michigan can receive help
by calling 855‑372‑0037

Thinking about quitting commercial tobacco? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is expanding its telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) program to all Michigan residents through May 31.

During this time, the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program and the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches, or lozenges for all new enrollees who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Call 855‑372‑0037 to enroll, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Although program serves all ages, callers seeking NRT must be over 18 and meet basic health requirements. Enrollees will be assigned a coach to assist them in setting a quit date, choosing a nicotine replacement product that is right for them and making an individualized quit plan. The coach will provide support with up to four telephone coaching sessions scheduled around the caller’s quit date.

“Callers using NRT along with coaching … can increase their chances of becoming smoke-free by five times the rate of someone quitting cold turkey,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Providing access to free NRT during this promotion might just be the jump start someone needs to quitting smoking tobacco for good.”

The American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program and the Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service providing free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients, and American Indians. More than 100,000 calls have been received since the service launched in October 2003.

Over 40 percent of Native American adults in Michigan smoke cigarettes. Qutting smoking can be difficult, but help is available. Native American quit coaches are waiting to help quit smoking. Over 30 percent of callers stay quit after six months. For more information, call 855‑372‑0037 or visit keepitsacred.itcmi.org/quitline.

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