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Smoking Cessation

Courage to Quit 2020

Congratulations! If you are thinking about quitting smoking, you’ve taken the first step to quitting for good.

Courage to Quit, the leading adult smoking cessation program for over 30 years, shows you how to quit in a safe, supportive environment. You’ll be given the tools and resources to overcome your tobacco addiction so you can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in your pocket and healthier relationships.

Mondays, 9–1:00 Thursdays, 1-4:00
Call to register @ 231-672-3211
3 – 1hr classes

Johnson Family Cancer Center
1440 E. Sherman Boulevard
Muskegon, MI 49444

Sessions will be led by Cyndi Powers, Community Health Improvement Coordinator, through the Health Project, a community benefit ministry for Mercy Health.

Registration is free but required. Space is limited.

To register, please call 231.672.3211

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Live Smoke-Free:

Smoking Cessation Programs

Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs, even more so than heroin. Cigarettes are nothing more than a legal drug delivery system. Most smokers need assistance in coping with weaning themselves from nicotine addiction and habit. There are a number of programs available to assist with your decision.

Fewer than 21% of Americans are current cigarette smokers, according to a 2008 national survey. Of those smokers, 70% want to quit.

Now with Michigan’s smoke-free workplace law and Muskegon’s smoke-free clean indoor air regulation, workers are protected from secondhand smoke.

Children, and household members, however, may still be at risk from secondhand smoke. 3,000 deaths are caused each year from secondhand smoke with 50,000 deaths from heart disease in non-smokers. Children exposed to secondhand smoke suffer more respiratory diseases and ear infections. Children who suffer from asthma should never be exposed to secondhand smoke.

Local Tobacco Cessation Support

  • Access Health Monthly tobacco cessation classes for Access Health clients or free to the public with 12 hours of volunteer time.
    Call Amy Forward at 231.766.7101 for information.
  • Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture Private, fee-based practice.
    Call 231.767.9568
  • Freedom From Smoking Class Free four-week smoking cessation class.
    Call Cyndi Powers at 231.672.3211 for information.
  • Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation Emerging Paths offers private, nominal fee-based service; one session with follow-up tape provided.
    Call 231.727.2901
  • Quit & Fit Holland Hospital provides $45 four-week classes with scholarship program.
    Call 616.394.3344
  • SCRIPT (Smoking Cessation Program for Pregnant Women) Organizations that provide this free seven- to ten-day program:
    – Catholic Charities West Michigan, 231.215.6216
    – Health Project, 231.672.3211
    – Public Health Muskegon County, 231.721.1211

Phone Quit Line & Online Quit Support

Other Resources

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Vaping: What You Should Know

Vaping is not harmless: Over the past four years, studies have shown that the gases and particles in e-cigarette vapors can harm your lungs, brain, heart & immune system.

National Trends

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students.

The most popular e-cigarette, called JUUL, delivers a high dose of nicotine and is shaped like a USB flash drive, making it easier to conceal and use during school.

Local Trends

Data reports that in 2018, 25% of teens were using vape products compared to only 17.5% 2 years earlier.

Why are Teens Vaping?

40% say the taste is enticing, 23% say it is out of boredom, 21% say it helps relieve stress and 13% says they think they look cool.

Talk early. Talk often. Visit for additional information about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

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Vaping: Proper Disposal

Safely disposing of unwanted vaping products tackles issues like accidental poisonings, limits environmental impact & reduces youth access. This service is Free to Muskegon County Residents.

Contact Public Health for disposal locations:

Public Health – Muskegon County
209 E. Apple Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442

Monday – Friday
8am to 5pm

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Resources for Youth: Quitting Smoking & Vaping

Local Counseling: Not on Tobacco

The Not on Tobacco (NOT) program is a school-based smoking cessation program designed for youth ages 12 to 19.
Call Cyndi Powers at 231-672-3211 for more information.

SMART Recovery for Teens

A free HealthWest program for youth ages 13+.
Meets Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at HealthWest, 131 E. Apple Avenue, 3rd Floor.
Contact Sarah Brown at 231.670.3161 and,
or contact Meaghan Dulin at 231.683.9887 and

Phone & Online Support: My Life, My Quit™

A free program that provides youth access to tailored resources for quitting nicotine, vaping and other tobacco products via text or at 1-855-891-9989.
Learn more at

National Cancer Institute

Free, confidential quitline and online instant messaging with trained counselors. Available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern Time). Call 877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848) or chat live at

How to Quit JUUL

A free text message Truth Initiative program for young people. Youth can access the quit program by texting “DITCHJUUL” to 88709. To learn more about quitting e-cigarettes, visit the Truth Initiative website.

Smokefree Teen

Visit for free tools and tips to support the quit process.

  • SmokefreeTXT — Text program for ages 13 to 19 that runs 6 to 8 weeks with 3 to 5 messages per day. Text “QUIT” to 47848.
  • quitSTART app — Smartphone app provides tailored tips, inspiration and challenges.
  • DipfreeTXT — Ready to quit? Text “SPIT” to 333888
  • SmokefreeUS — Follow on Instagram for tools and tips

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Smoking Cessation by the Numbers: Overview

About 34 million U.S. adults currently smoke cigarettes.

  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States
  • 480,000 Americans die from smoking each year, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 deaths
  • 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease
  • Smoking-related death and disease cost the United States over $300 billion each year

Quitting Smoking:

  • Reduces risk of premature death and can add as much as a decade to life expectancy
  • Reduces risk for many adverse health effects, including reproductive health outcomes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 12 types of cancer
  • Benefits people who have already been diagnosed with coronary heart disease or COPD
  • Benefits people at any age, with greater benefits for those who quit earlier in life
  • Reduces the financial burden that smoking places on people who smoke, healthcare systems, and society

Most adults who smoke want to quit; many try to quit and eventually succeed in quitting.

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