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Stop Smoking Today

Cigarette smoking increases your risk for a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. But the good news is that when you stop smoking — regardless of how long or how much you smoked, your risk of contracting some of these health problems starts to drop.

Mercy Health Saint Mary's campus is proud to be a smoke-free hospital that encourages a healthy lifestyle free of tobacco use. That's why smoking is not allowed by anyone on any area of any of our locations. Learn more about our Smoking Policy.

Why is Tobacco/Smoking a Concern for Mercy Health?

  • Tobacco/smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death.
  • There is no risk-free level of tobacco smoke. Damage from tobacco and tobacco smoke is immediate.
  • Smoking longer means more damage.
  • Cigarettes are designed for addiction.
  • There is no safe cigarette.
  • The only proven strategy for reducing the risk of tobacco-related disease and death is to never smoke, and if you do smoke to quit.
  • There is no safe level of second hand smoke.

According the latest Surgeon General Report, secondhand and thirdhand smoke are very dangerous and can also kill. Secondhand smoke comes in two forms — sidestream and mainstream. Sidestream smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette. Mainstream smoke is the smoke exhaled by smokers. These forms of smoke remain in the air for hours and days as small particles, too small to see but they are capable of causing illness.

Even brief exposures to smoke are unhealthy and could trigger health problems like asthma attacks or chest pain in heart patients. Thirdhand smoke is what clings to your clothes, hair, furniture, etc. That is why our employees must arrive at work not smelling of tobacco and remain tobacco-free throughout their workday.

Quit Resources in West Michigan

Quit programs should be based on strong medical evidence. Any program stating it's 100% or even 50% successful is suspect. Quitting can take several attempts and it is a chronic disease and relapse occurs. Check your private insurance to see what benefits your insurance provides.

Michigan Tobacco Quitline
Provides medication and coaching for Medicaid and Medicare patients, veterans, the uninsured and patients of federally funded health clinics.

Medication Assistance
Federally Funded Health Centers

Connection to Care — Pfizer Friends
(Chantix, Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol Nasal Spray)

Bridges to Access (Zyban)

Together Rx Access
Chantix, Nicotrol Nasal Spray, Nicotrol Inhaler, Zyban

You can also contact one of the following organizations that can also offer tools and resources to help you stop smoking today:

American Cancer Society

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Heart Association

American Lung Association of Michigan

Michigan Department of Community Health

Kent County Health Department

National Cancer Institute
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT)

National Women's Health Information Center
1-800-994-WOMAN (1-800-994-9662)

Nicotine Anonymous
1-877-TRY-NICA (1-877-879-6422)

Office on Smoking and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Quit The NIC Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network
1-800-811-1764 (Online materials, including info on state quit lines)

Smoke-Free Families (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)