State of Michigan wants to help you quit smoking

Only the most disciplined among us can quit without any help. Studies show only about 4-7% can do it without any additional help. If you want to try this method, what works best is to be mentally prepared, the experts say, and really commit to it. Also, get ready for the symptoms of withdrawal. The folks at Quit Smoking suggest you drink water when the cravings start. Distract yourself with something else. Maybe go for a walk or go talk to someone. Try breathing deeply and slowly and think it though. It'll be tough, but the feelings will pass. One other thing that could help is to ask for support. Let your friends and family know that you are trying to quit. They can help keep you honest.

LANSING, MI (WILX) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to help you quit smoking this Summer.

The department is offering free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges through September 30th.

The offer is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

The campaign features real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.

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