No-smoking effort working but more must be done

We applaud news from Lansing this week noting that what started as a small effort to help people kick a nasty habit has turned into a major health initiative.

According to a story published by The Associated Press, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline has grown from a regional pilot project offering telephone coaching to a comprehensive program since beginning in 2003.

The quit line now has coaching on the Internet, through email and text messaging, and referrals to local quit-smoking programs, AP reported.

The bad news is about 23 percent of Michigan adults say they smoke cigarettes on a regular basis. That is higher than the U.S. average.

The good news is the state effort is growing, buttressing awareness that tobacco use does not have an upside.