World No Tobacco Day

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Michigan has a 24 percent smoking rate. This is a few points higher than the national average, but experts say the rate is declining, especially in kids.

Mikelle Robinson, manager of Michigan's Tobacco Control Program, says fewer people smoking in Michigan can be attributed to the state's smoking cessation efforts.

Since opening the free quitline, the quitline has received more than 8,000 calls. Robinson says its effective for 26 percent of the people who call and that's nearly thirty percent greater than self- quitting tools.

Robinson also says the tax hike started last summer has also helped to discourage smokers-- especially teenagers and children.

The quitline number is 1-800-480-QUIT.

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