The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is now offering free coaching for pregnant women who are uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid and want to quit using tobacco. "Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things a woman can do for her health and the health of her child," said Lynne DeMoor, who coordinates the Tobacco Reduction Coalition for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "Expanding support for expectant mothers to the Michigan Tobacco Quitline provides a vital service for the duration of the pregnancy and beyond."
Some of the immediate benefits of quitting smoking and staying smoke free after the baby is born include:
The Michigan Tobacco Quitline pregnancy program will provide ongoing support with up to nine calls during pregnancy and after delivery. Callers will receive their own personal quit coach who has received advanced training on helping pregnant women quit using tobacco. Other benefits include a $5 or $10 reward card for each completed phone appointment.
To be eligible, callers must enroll in cessation services with the Michigan Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW. Callers must let the Quitline know they are expecting to receive this free service.
The Michigan Tobacco Quitline has received more than 67,000 calls since it was launched in October 2003. The Quitline offers both English and Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as interpretive services for a wide variety of languages.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information, call 800-QUIT NOW (784-8669) or visit www.michigan.gov/tobacco.