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Priority Health Talks The “Great American Smokeout”

Cancer patients and survivors are marking the American Cancer Society’s 46th annual Great American Smokeout on November 18 by calling on elected officials to protect the health of all Michigan residents by implementing strong tobacco control legislation.

“Nearly 70% of people who currently smoke cigarettes want to quit, and the Great American Smokeout is about helping people reach that important goal. We know increasing Michigan’s funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs will help people quit and save lives,” said Andrew Schepers, ACS CAN government relations director. “People who smoke or who used to smoke are at increased risk for severe illness including from COVID-19, so the sooner we can help Michiganders quit, the better. Health benefits begin occurring quickly after quitting smoking, including rapid improvements in blood carbon monoxide levels and in respiratory tract function, as well as slower improvements over time in immune function.”

If you or someone you know is trying to quit using tobacco products, call 1-800-Quit-NOW and visit