Info on Quitting Smoking

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(This post will introduce you to the QuitLine, a support for quitting smoking. We thought we should remind readers of how critical social supports for smoking are in our community and the weight that should be given to replacing social supports for smoking with social supports for giving smoking up.)

Using the Michigan Tobacco Quitline

People with disabilities and mental illness use approximately half of all tobacco products sold in the United States, which can cause chronic health conditions, disability, and premature death. Quitting tobacco improves health and cognitive function.  Assisting patients with mental illness with quitting tobacco use is one of the best ways to help the population improve health and quality of life. 


The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is operated by National Jewish Health, which is the premier medical and research institution focusing on respiratory diseases in the United States. National Jewish Health has been operating a Quitline since 2002 and serves 16 states nationwide. Callers to the Quitline may receive self-help materials and resources, text messaging, an online program, and referral.  The Quitline provides free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients, and American Indians, and free nicotine replacement therapy to those who qualify.  Special services and information are available for pregnant women, spit tobacco users, non-English speaking callers and persons with hearing impairments.  Callers are screened for mental illness so that Quitline staff can best meet their needs.

Providers can refer patients to the Quitline using the fax referral or web referral option.  Patients will receive a call back from the Quitline within 24 hours of the referral.  Patients can enroll by phone by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or 1-855-DEJELO-YA (335-35692).

Michigan Tobacco Quitline website:

Fax referral form:

Provider web referral:


The first call a patient makes to the Quitline is an intake call.  During the first call, a trained coach will talk to the patient about what help they feel they need to quit.  Your patient’s needs are assessed and services will be offered. Your patient will have a menu of options to choose from including receiving materials only, referral to resources in the community or registration in an ongoing counseling program. Callers who have a commercial health insurance will be encouraged to contact their plan insurer to learn about any benefits for which they may be qualified. Callers with no insurance, a County Health Plan, pregnant women, Medicare, veterans, cancer patients, and American Indians can receive free telephone coaching and up to 2 months of free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges after completing a brief health assessment and enrolling in the Quitline. Medications will be mailed directly to the caller’s home. Callers with Medicaid have all smoking cessation medications available as a covered benefit with no co-pay. Callers with Medicaid will be encouraged to contact their health care provider to obtain a prescription to be filled at their local pharmacy. Callers who enroll in telephone coaching will receive printed materials, a quit booklet, and five coaching sessions. All coaching calls are proactive, meaning the counselor will call the enrollee at a mutually agreed upon day and time. Enrollees may also call between sessions if they need additional help. Coaching calls are designed to motivate quitting and prevent relapse. Calls are scheduled around times when relapse has been determined to be most likely. Physicians, nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists who refer patients to the Quitline via fax referral will receive a follow-up report on the patient’s progress.

For more information contact Jim Harrington at



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