Mich. health department offering free nicotine patches this summer to quit smoking

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is lending a hand to those who want to quit smoking this summer. 

They're offering free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges through September 30.

All you have to do is call their Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to enroll. You can all anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Quitline offers English, Arabic and Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as interpretive services for a wide variety of languages. You can also learn more online here

The offer is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® campaign featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. It kills about 480,000 Americans each year. 

For every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, at least 30 more people suffer at least one serious illness from smoking.