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KNOWSMOKE_LOGOBased on a recent study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Muskegon County ranked 78th out of 82 counties in Michigan for health behaviors. Muskegon County’s elevated levels of alcohol and tobacco use are partly the reason for the low ranking.

Knowsmoke, Muskegon County’s tobacco reduction coalition, is a community organization dedicated to reducing cigarette use in the Muskegon area. The coalition has three objectives:

Educate the public on the dangers of smoking: The coalition gives presentations and provides public information about the negative health effects of tobacco. It educates the public about dangers of second-hand smoke and aims to reduce youth access to tobacco.

Provide information about smoking cessation resources: To help smokers quit tobacco, the coalition provides tobacco treatment information to Muskegon County residents, while ever increasing the availability of cessation resources to reach more people in the community.

Promote smoke free environments in Muskegon County: The Know Smoke coalition reduces public exposure to smoke. Working with businesses, public servants and the general public, it strives to increase support for and awareness of the Michigan and Muskegon County smoke free laws.

Muskegon County Smoking Statistics

  • According to the Michigan Department of Community Health 30% of Muskegon County smokes, far surpassing the statewide average of 21%.
  • According to the 2009 Muskegon County Youth Risk Behavior survey, 41% of Muskegon county youth have smoked a cigarette in their lifetime. 11.4% of these students smoked their first cigarette before the age of 13.
  • Almost one out of every five students (18.3%) report cigarette smoking during the past thirty days, but the good news is 54.4% report that they have tried to quit smoking during the past year.

Knowsmoke Coalition Members

  • Mercy Health Partners
  • Muskegon Community Health Project
  • Access Health
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD)
  • Public Health Muskegon County
  • HCCC -Teen Health Center
  • American Cancer Society

upcoming events

Jan 20, 2018

Men's Health Fair

The African American Men’s Health Fair
Offering Free Health Screenings at Muskegon Heights High School
Muskegon, MI- On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Health Project’s Community Outreach team …

Jan 30, 2018

Freedom from Smoking Cessation Classes

New year, new you! FREE Freedom from Smoking Cessation Classes are offered to educate and support those who are struggling to kick the habit. Learn how to …

Feb 1, 2018

Free Nurturing Parent Classes

Join us for this FREE 10-week series for parents! Classes will cover topics such as discipline, communication, child development and problem solving. This fun and informative class …

our services

The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

community spotlight

Meet Shelia Wilson

Educating providers and youth about sexual health in Muskegon County.

“We are lucky to have the low HIV rates that we do in Muskegon County; but the STI rates are very scary because HIV and other STI’s can go hand in hand”, stated Shelia Wilson, Nursing Supervisor at Public Health Muskegon County. Shelia oversees the STI and HIV Program at Public Health. Along with that, come many other responsibilities.

what’s happening


Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DPATH) is a program developed by the University of Stanford, designed to help people who are affected by diabetes. The six-week course …


Health Project was awarded the Trinity Health Innovation Award at the Trinity Health Clinical Conference October 25th, for the Innovation pilot to integrate their IT system, ClarkeIS, …

World Aids Day

World Aids Day is a day to raise awareness and support those living with HIV. On December 1st, health organizations around the world show their support by …

staff highlight

Meet Emma Johnston

As a community health worker in direct service, Emma Johnston’s main concern is health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; but she also works with other DHS programs like food assistance and State Emergency Relief, utility bill assistance through True North and MOCAP, and any other kind of community referrals or aid possible.


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