Respiratory Health - Muskegon Lungs at Work
Last year in 2018, free community smoking cessation classes were offered to the community with referrals' from the Johnson Cancer Center, the Mercy Health Center, and local pulmonary doctors.
Tom was a prime example of the success of the Lakeshore Lung program. He has tried every treatment that is available to the community with a desperate search for something that fit his needs. He attended the Freedom from Smoking class on two seperate occasions. He has been successful in cutting his 2-pack a day habit down to 2-4 cigarettes per day. To most this would not be a success, but to Tom this means the world. We are confident that as he gains confidence in his success, he will continue to work to be a non-smoker. In the FFS class, Tom learned what his triggers when he wanted a cigarettes, we developed a plan that would for him, and set him up with skills to deal with slips & relapses.
For more resources and information about the Lakeshore Lung Programs, visit the KnowSmoke webiste!
KnowSmoke Annual Zombie Walk Event - 2017 Video:
If You Really KnowSmoke, Then You Won’t Smoke.
KnowSmoke was created to reduce the use of tobacco in Muskegon County and ultimately create a healthier place for all. As a community coalition, this group of dedicated individuals works to achieve four main goals:
- Educate the public on the dangers of smoking.
- Help people understand the benefits of quitting.
- Advocate for policies to create a healthier community and smoke-free environments in Muskegon County.
- Promote a smoke-free generation for youth.
Smoking harms more than just the person holding the cigarette. We work with businesses, public officials, and the general public to create healthy, smoke-free public spaces in our community. Quitting tobacco can be incredibly challenging. The KnowSmoke Coalition provides information about treatment and cessation programs and other resources to Muskegon County residents so they can kick the habit for good.
Want to Quit Smoking?
Click here to contact us, or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
The Impact of Muskegon County’s Smoking Rates:
- We ranked 81 out of 82 for health behaviors for the University of Wisconsin Community Health Rankings, 2016.
- 7.5% of high school students reported smoking a whole cigarette in the past 30 days. (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, 2015).
- 17.9% of high school students had never smoked a whole cigarette, 6.8% had done so before age 13. (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, 2015).
- 21% of the state smokes, only 20% of Muskegon County (University of Wisconsin Community Health Rankings, 2016)
KnowSmoke Coalition Members
- Health Project
- HCCC – Muskegon Youth Advisory Committee
- McClees Clinic
- GE Aviation
- Muskegon Family Care
- 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County
- Tobacco Free Michigan
- Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD)
- Access Health