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Tobacco Cessation Collaborative



Tobacco cessation is important for people diagnosed with cancer.  According to the surgeon general smoking increases the risk for a second primary cancers known to be caused by cigarette smoking, such as lung cancer.  They report there is also sufficient evidence to infer that quitting smoking improves the prognosis of cancer patients and decreased mortality.1 It is never too late for people to quit tobacco, and there are free programs and resources to help.

The Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC) is working with its partners to support tobacco cessation efforts and increase access to the Michigan Tobacco Quitline.  This project provides cancer survivors with free access to Quitline services, including telephone counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. Through this Tobacco Cessation Collaborative MOQC and MDHHS work directly with oncology practices and cancer centers to help them change practice workflow to identify tobacco users, advise them to quit, and refer them to the Quitline for free tobacco cessation support or to other appropriate treatments.  If you would like to participate in the collaborative, please contact

Since 2012, the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium (MOQC) the Michigan Cancer Consortium and the Michigan Department of Community Health have worked together to promote tobacco cessation in the cancer survivor population. Through this time period:

  • 38 oncology practices participate in identifying patients who use tobacco and referring them to cessation services
  • As of January 1, 2019 over 5,000 cancer survivors have been referred to the Michigan Tobacco Quitline
  • The percentage of survivors who report they were advised of or referred to a program or other resources available to help them stop smoking by their health provider had a statistically significant increase from 60.0% in 2013 to 77.4% in 2017.
  • This collaborative work earned national recognition with the  MCC C-Change’s 2014 Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) State Coalition Impact Award

Additional information and resources can be found at:

1 United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). 2014. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Accessed August 1, 2019 from