April 2014 Meeting Recap
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Tobacco-Free Michigan held a quarterly membership meeting on Friday, April 4, 2014. In addition to our usual Quitline and legislative updates, we were fortunate to have presentations by students from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
The groups presented on issues with tobacco use, HIV and community mental health centers.
We also had a presentation from Cliff Douglas, J.D. regarding the outdoor smokefree proposal that is being considered by the Ann Arbor City Council.
October 2013 Mosquito Award Honorees
"If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." - Dalai Lama
This week, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline celebrates 10 years in existence and we will be celebrating today!
While we’re all out promoting the Quitline service, there’s someone there to get the information we need, train people and go above and beyond the call of duty. Because of her work, 85,709 people have called the Quitline for assistance and 50,039 low-income and uninsured tobacco users have enrolled in the past 10 years.
We recognize all the hard work and effort that Karen Brown from the MDCH Tobacco Section has put into this project, in addition to working to address tobacco use among the mental health population.
John Greenslit, Director Eaton County Parks and Willis Bennett, Director Ingham County Parks have been leaders across Michigan in the smoke-free park movement.
Both have implemented tobacco-free park policies and served as mentors, prods and cheerleaders for other park departments in the Capital Area. Both were presenters at the Michigan Recreation and Park Annual Conference where they encouraged park department Directors to add tobacco-free policies to their list of community service and positive health policies and behaviors.
Both Directors have used their Boards and Commissions to research, understand and support tobacco-free park policies.