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Free quit tobacco group offered for National Kick Butts Day

LANSING, Mich. – Joining thousands of organizations nationwide on Wednesday, March 15, the Ingham County Health Department will host a Kick Butts Day event to encourage smoking cessation and discourage the use of tobacco products.

The free event, Tobacco and YOU, will be hosted at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing at 2 p.m. The hour-long event will give attendees resources and support to quit tobacco usage.

“If you use tobacco, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Approximately 20 percent of adults and 9 percent of adolescents in Ingham County smoke. This is lower than the state average, but we’d like see even fewer people smoking.”

Free Quit-Kits will be distributed at the event. These kits include information on all of the health department’s quit-tobacco services, smoke-free home decals, and more.

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Despite progress, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 people every year.