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Tobacco Control Program

Michigan's tobacco control mission operates with funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health Tobacco Program and in collaboration with state and local partners, including 60 local tobacco reduction coalitions, 14 communities of color agencies, and 4 statewide tobacco reduction projects.

The statewide tobacco control initiative concentrates on four program goal areas in order to achieve its ultimate goal of tobacco use reduction and prevention among Michigan adults and youth. The four goal areas are:

  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke,
  • Prevent tobacco initiation among youth,
  • Promote quitting among adults and youth
  • Eliminate disparities among population groups

With its statewide and local partners, the Michigan Tobacco Control Program accomplished numerous projects and activities during FY 2002. Significant accomplishments in eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke include:

  • Passage of a smoke-free county regulation (Washtenaw County);
  • Increase in the number of smoke-free work sites and public places, including hospitals and restaurants;
  • Development and distribution of the Smoke-free Regulation Tool Kit;
  • Completion and analysis of the Michigan smoke-free municipality survey;
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of the Detroit and Grand Rapids smoke-free home pledge campaigns;
  • Development of a multi-cultural smoke-free home pledge brochure;
  • increase in number of child care providers utilizing the American Academy of Pediatrics of Secondhand Smoke training manual;
  • Completion of a state smoke-free database of schools, businesses and other work sites.

Significant accomplishments in the promotion of youth and adult cessation include:

  • Increase in number of Michigan public high schools implementing the N-O-T teen cessation program
  • Increase in the number of managed care plans offering cessation services
  • Increase in number and type of cessation services offered to clients.

Significant accomplishments in youth tobacco prevention include:

  • Publication and distribution of the Michigan tobacco-free schools planning guide;
  • Development, publication, and distribution of the parent Talk It Out tobacco prevention brochure;
  • Analysis and distribution of the 2001 YTS data and completion of the 2003 YTS;
  • Continued implementation and promotion of the Michigan Tobacco Free College Initiative
  • Increase in youth access and compliance check activities from increased collaboration among local tobacco reduction coalitions and substance abuse coordinating agencies
  • New collaborative efforts between the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Michigan Lottery with state youth access activities
  • Increased partnership between local community foundations and tobacco reduction coalitions to fund tobacco control activities for youth and seniors.

Significant accomplishments in tobacco control among diverse populations include:

  • Increase in tobacco-free policy development in faith-based communities
  • translation of tobacco related materials
  • Completion of the disparities strategic plan.

While the Tobacco Control Program has had significant accomplishments during this past fiscal year, there have been barriers that have slowed the progress of projects or eliminated some tobacco control efforts. A major barrier has been the recent state budget cuts, resulting in discontinuation and reduction of funding for certain local grantees and projects. In addition, the Tobacco Program is not able to fill State staff vacancies due to a hiring freeze as a result of the budget cuts. This recent freeze will result in the Tobacco Control Program needing to re-prioritize certain projects. Staff time on projects deemed to be of low priority will be reduced or placed on hold until the hiring freeze is lifted.

Another problem encountered over the past year was the ballot initiative to redirect tobacco settlement funds to Michigan hospitals and to a new tobacco control foundation. This initiative proved to be controversial among our tobacco control community. Although the Tobacco Control Program remained neutral on this issue, supporting the ballot initiative redirected efforts of many state and local partners during the campaign. Since the ballot initiative failed, state and local partners are clearing the air and finding ways for better collaboration.

Despite the above listed barriers, the Tobacco Control Program will continue to focus on policy change in the four main CDC goal areas. Major areas of future program focus will be on:

  • increasing the number of local smoke-free regulations and ordinances
  • Increasing th enumber of tobacco-free schools, colleges, and universities
  • Increasing cessation services offered through the managed care health system
  • Collaborating with partners to offer a statewide cessation quit line
  • Increasing tobacco-free policies and cessation services among faith-based communities and disparate populations.
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