Current Projects

Tobacco Cessation Collaborative




It is never too late for people to quit tobacco, and there are free programs
and resources to help.


If you would like to participate in the collaborative please contact

Quitting smoking matters for people diagnosed with cancer.  As reported by the National Cancer Institute, continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis may decrease treatment effectiveness, increase the risk of cancer recurrence or a second cancer, and worsen treatment side effects.

The Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC) is working together with its partners to support tobacco cessation efforts and increase access to the Michigan Tobacco Quitline.  Now people with cancer have free access to Quitline services (including telephone counseling and four weeks of nicotine replacement therapy) regardless of their insurance status. Through this Tobacco Cessation Collaborative the MCC and MOQC are working 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.  

Program Successes:


 More people are being referred to the Quitline

  • More than 690 cancer patients were referred to the Quitline from June 2012 to December 2013, a 40% increase in Quitline volume
  • The program had more than 2,000 Quitline referrals for people with cancer by May of 2015.

 National recognition


Project Resources:

  Tobacco Control and Cancer Survivorship: From Science to Strategies - National Cancer Institute Research to Reality (June, 2015)

  Project participants have access to several resources to help increase tobacco cessation referrals to the Quitline

  •     A brochure for cancer patients highlighting the benefits of quitting tobacco after receiving a cancer diagnosis


Tobacco Cessation Initiative Participants









Click on the MAP to the left for a live Google Map with a list of participants in the project.