Tobacco

Quit Tobacco Resources

                          Welcome to Ingham County - Tobacco Use Reduction Program (TURP)


The Tobacco Use Reduction Program (TURP) provides group and individual services for People Living with HIV (PLWH) living in Ingham County. TURP provides individual and group counseling/education sessions centered on reducing tobacco use. The program also assists with individualized tobacco reduction/ quit plans, and provides referrals and support with overcoming treatment barriers. Clients can also get "quit kits", which are materials to assist in reducing tobacco use. Services are currently being provided via Zoom video or by phone.  Information and assistance is available for the public regarding the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapies and the availability of tobacco treatment services. If you have any questions about TURP or would like to receive services, please contact Calvin Wheeler or Tammy Maidlow-Bresnahan.

Meet the TEAM:

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Renold JeanLouis
Prevention Programs Coordinator 
Cell: 517-388-8570
Email: rjeanlouis@ingham.org

Renold serves as the program manager, providing support to the TURP team and oversight of program. 

Calvin Wheeler, NCTTP

Tobacco Reduction Program Specialist
Cell: (517) 242-0078
Email: cwheeler@ingham.org

Calvin serves as the program coordinator whose focus is community engagement and outreach, project coordination, grant writing, program promotion, program evaluation and expansion activities, staff capacity building, and facilitation of tobacco Cessation groups.

Tammy Maidlow-Bresnahan

Program Specialist- Substance Use Disorder & TURP
Cell: (517)  930-5514
Email: tmaidlow@ingham.org

Tammy serves as the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS), her focus is centered on providing Tobacco Treatment Services and Individual Counseling for persons living with HIV (PLWH) needing assistance quitting or reducing their tobacco use. Individual counseling sessions are provided over the phone. Tammy helps client with completing a personal and medical history, then discusses smoking cessation medications, nicotine replacement therapies (NRT’s) along with other resources that can help with a successful quit attempt. Tammy also provide follow up appointments to monitor and assist those who have begun taking medication to help them quit smoking.

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Noreen Allman
Health Navigator 
phone: 517-887-4357
Email: nallman@ingham.org

Noreen serves as the program assistant, supporting TURP staff with daily duties and activities.

Capital Area Quit-Tobacco Support, Lansing MI

Quit Tobacco programs are available several times a month and free across the Capital Area.  Multiple options are offered to fit the needs of individuals seeking support.  Medications plus social support results is doubling the success of each quit attempt.  Click on the live link for a detailed flyer.

Social Support, Nicotine Replacement and other Quit-Tobacco Medications

The Michigan Tobacco Quit Line is always a good referral for those wishing to quit their nicotine addiction.  The quit-line is able to help any caller, over the age of 14, to navigate the best support and help available for when they are ready.  If a person does not have medical insurance the quit-line will mail the caller patches, gum and lozenge.  If a person has Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, or private insurance, the individual will have coverage for all seven quit-tobacco medications with access to the medications by requesting a prescription through their primary care provider.   In addition to supportive medications, social support is free and available through the opportunities linked above.  To be most successful, utilize both medications and social support at each quit attempt.

The Quit Line can be reached at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), which is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Calling the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line is always a good option for an individual that wants to quit-tobacco.  All callers are offered connections to local resources, access to smart-phone apps and useful websites.  Those that use spit-tobacco, cigarettes, cigars or electronic smoking devices are all eligible for this free help.

The Michigan Tobacco Quit Line has received more than 105,000 calls since it was launched in October 2003. The Quit Line offers English, Spanish-speaking and Arabic-speaking counselors, interpretive services for a wide variety of languages and counselors trained to help those with a Native American ancestry and Indian heritage.  Special incentives are available for pregnant and parenting women and the phone counselors have special training in treating all callers with kindness and respect.

For more information, call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit the Website: https://michigan.quitlogix.org/

Youth Prevention Information

Most smokers start before the age of 18. According to Dr. DiFranza of the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, “nicotine-induced alterations in the brain can trigger addiction with the first cigarette”[1].

To help reduce the number of potential or addicted youth, Ingham County Health Department began to require all retailers to purchase an annual tobacco license in 1993 and initiated tobacco compliance checks within Ingham County to reduce the probability of minors being able to attain tobacco products.

In addition Ingham County Health Department is involved in several projects to reduce youth use and addiction. For more information about youth prevention organizations and ways to get involved in Ingham County please see the information below.


[1] DiFranza, Joseph, et. (2007). Inhaling From Just One Cigarette. University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Tobacco Compliance Checks

In 1993 Ingham County became one of three counties in Michigan to require retailers to obtain an annually renewed tobacco license if they carried any form of tobacco products in their store.

In Michigan, tobacco compliance checks (SYNAR) are conducted on a yearly basis in order to prevent tobacco sales to minors. In addition, Ingham County conducts it's own tobacco compliance checks in which all licensed tobacco retailers within Ingham County are checked annually to further prevent tobacco sales to minors.





Figure: Successful sales to minors in Ingham County and Michigan (2006-2013)

Figure: Trend of successful sales to minors in Ingham County and Michigan (2006-2013)

To report a suspicion of sale to a minor please fill out the form below or contact us at (517) 887 - 4312

Local Youth Prevention Organizations

Tobacco Research Articles

Tobacco & You: Learning about Healthy Living

This webpage serves as a reference for individuals interested in either educating themselves about the hazards of smoking, or those interested in facilitating smoking cessation groups.

The primary source of information for this program comes from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Learning about Healthy Living: Tobacco and You program. However, this webpage breaks the content into a user friendly format and makes the development of new groups quick and easy. Supplemental information has also been added from the Kaiser Permanente of Northern California’s Quit Tobacco Workshop (2007) and www.choosemyplate.gov.

The development of this webpage was done by the Ingham County Health Department of Michigan as a way to promote the development of new tobacco cessation programs throughout the County. While this webpage was created with the needs of Ingham County in mind specifically, the content is likely beneficial to anyone interested in tobacco cessation projects. If you are interested in learning more about this program click the “Read This First” document below.

While every effort is made to ensure that the program resource links are functional, please Click Here to email an Environmental Health representative if any appear broken.

Tobacco & You Session: Group 1

Introduction: Welcome to the Healthy Living Group

Chapter 1: Starting on the road to healthy living

Chapter 2: Why is smoking dangerous

Chapter 3: What's in cigarette smoke

Chapter 4: Why do so many consumers with mental illness smoke

Chapter 5: What is carbon monoxide

Chapter 6: How much does smoking cost

Chapter 7: How does advertising affect me

Chapter 8: What is second hand smoke

Chapter 9: How are my medications affected by smoking

Chapter 10: Why are cigarettes addictive

Chapter 11: What are my smoking patterns

Chapter 12: How can I better manage stress

Chapter 13: How much physical activity do I need

Chapter 14: How can I make healthier food choices

Chapter 15: Why should I quit smoking

Chapter 16: What if I'm not ready to quit

Chapter 17: Is it really possible for me to quit smoking

Chapter 18: What happens when I quit smoking without help

Chapter 19: How do medications help me quit smoking

Chapter 20: Which medication should I use

Tobacco & You Session: Group 2