Health agency warns of tobacco use

The Branch-Hillsdale, St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages parents and health-care providers to talk to kids about tobacco use, and to remind them that spit tobacco and e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.

Providing a tobacco-free example and home environment can also help protect kids from tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. In addition, tobacco-free school policies that include treatment options for students using tobacco products, and raising the age of sale of tobacco – including e-cigarettes and other electronic devices – to 21 years of age can help prevent youth initiation of tobacco use and help tobacco users to quit.

For young people who have already begun to use tobacco and want to quit, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services now offers the My Life My Quit program designed specifically for young people.

Youth under 18 can text or call 855-891-9989 for free confidential help with quitting smoking or other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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