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The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, Smoking and Health, released in 1964, provided the first warning from the Federal Government that smoking was hazardous to health and could cause lung cancer and heart disease.  In the 50 years that have passed since that Surgeon General’s report, tobacco control efforts have contributed to a drastic reduction in smoking.  Despite the great strides made in the battle against tobacco, the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress, indicated that smoking has contributed to the deaths of more than 20 million Americans since 1964.

According to results from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), Mississippi had the fifth highest (24.8{7e6378c2eec0c66ca2b0e65d3c7073e540119e8c60682a5cec8405ae22c83a7b}) adult smoking prevalence rate in the nation.  Data from 2013 also indicated that one-third of people with mental illness smoke compared to one-fifth of those without mental illness (CDC, 2013).  People with mental illness and substance abuse disorders smoke more, are less likely to quit, and are likely to die five years earlier than people without these disorders (CDC, 2013).  The 2013 BRFSS also indicated that in Mississippi, 36{7e6378c2eec0c66ca2b0e65d3c7073e540119e8c60682a5cec8405ae22c83a7b} of people with mental illness smoked compared to 21{7e6378c2eec0c66ca2b0e65d3c7073e540119e8c60682a5cec8405ae22c83a7b} of those without mental illness.

Though statistics indicate that people with mental illness and substance abuse are less likely to quit smoking, this does not mean that they cannot quit.  Quitting is not easy, but it can be done!  A person can never be too old or have smoked too long to quit.  The human body is very resilient and begins the healing process 20 minutes after the last cigarette is smoked.

While quitting is never easy, there are programs and resources available in Mississippi to provide cessation support and services.  Please click on a program/resource name to learn more about the support and services provided.

CDC. Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥ 18 Years with Mental Illness—United States, 2009–2011. MMWR 2013; 62 (05); 81–87.

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Mississippi Tobacco Quitline


The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline provides telephone-based treatment to Mississippi residents interested in quitting.

Services Offered:

  • Telephone cessation support
  • Free Online support
  • Referral to local cessation programs (when available)
  • Self-help materials
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy assistance (for eligible callers)
  • Fax referral program for healthcare providers
  • Cessation program options for employers

Hours of Operation:      

  • Monday through Thursday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday – 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday – Voicemail is available

Location/Contact Number:   1-800-QuitNow (1-800-784-8669)

Eligibility Requirements: 18 years of age or older, not have any medical conditions that are contraindications for Nicotine Replacement Therapy usage

Nicotine Replacement Therapy/Pharmacotherapy:  Up to eight weeks of patches or gum.  

Cost:  FREE


ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research

The goal of the ACT Center Tobacco Treatment Program is to help people quit using tobacco and stay quit using a proven, evidence-based approach.
Treatment involves:

  • 1 Intake Session, to determine if this is the best program for you, and give you the opportunity to ask questions;
  • 6 Treatment Sessions, to get you the help you need, including developing skills to quit and stay quit; and
  • Follow-up Sessions, to increase your chances of staying quit permanently.

Location/Contact Number: See locations listed below

Eligibility Requirements: Mississippi resident interested in quitting tobacco use

Nicotine Replacement Therapy/Pharmacotherapy: Yes


City  (County) Location Phone # Contact Person(s) Hours of Operation
Batesville (Panola) Tri-Lakes Medical Center 662.712.1472 Patti CookAmanda FlintAshley Johnson 24 hour phone line(services scheduled as needed)
Brookhaven(Lincoln) King’s Daughters Medical Center 601.835.9406 Kim Bridge 24 hour phone line(services scheduled as needed)
Greenville(Washington) Delta Regional Medical Center 662.725.2178 Jessica WillisSonia Washington 24 hour phone line(services scheduled as needed)
Gulfport (Harrison) Memorial Hospital – Gulfport 228.867.4022 Deloras Morris  Angela Jones Mon – Wed: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Iuka(Tishimingo) North MS Medical Center 662.423.4675 Regina PyleStephanie Carr Tues: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm  Thurs: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jackson (Hinds) Jackson Medical Mall  **Main Site 601.815.1180 Lakisha Johnson  Victoria Miles Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
McComb(Pike) Southwest MS Regional  Medical Center 601.249.1868 Vicki BranchLorretta JamisonAndrea NewtonTina Holland Tues: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tupelo (Lee) North MS Medical Center 662.377.5787 Connie Stuart Mon – Tues: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm  Wed: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Clarksdale (Coahoma) Region 1 Mental Health 662.627.7267 Mary Morgan Tharp (services scheduled as needed)
Meridian(Lauderdale) Greater Meridian Health Center 601-693-0118 Beverly Hearn 24 hour phone line(services scheduled as needed)


The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi

The Partnership’s programs reach youth in schools and communities. From kindergarten through the twelfth grade, students learn about the health dangers of tobacco use, enhance their communication skills and build self-esteem that will help
them avoid risky behaviors. The Partnership provides free classroom materials to teachers and other educators, as well as community-based activity guides that can be used in faith-based settings and afterschool programs.

Location/Contact Number:

Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi
200 Park Circle, Suite 3
Flowood, MS 39232


Reject All Tobacco (RAT!)


Reject All Tobacco (RAT!)—Program for children in grades K-6 that provides education about the harmful effects of smoking and how to make healthy decisions

The program’s goal is to intervene with pre-emptive information about tobacco dangers and healthy decisions. The program has media campaign and in-school components.

Eligibility Requirements: Students in grades K-6


Generation FREE


Generation FREE is a Mississippi youth-led movement against Big Tobacco fueled by teens across the state that lets young people know that they are FREE to be whoever they want to be! Generation FREE is a youth empowerment program that promotes a tobacco-free life to students in grades 7-12.

The program has a media campaign component that reaches youth via television, website, social media, and other communication channels.

Eligibility Requirements: Students in grades 7 – 12


Healthy Opportunity for Transition (HOT!)


Healthy Opportunity for Transition (HOT!) is a LIFE program that provides education and support to help youth with disabilities learn to live independently.

State Office
1304 Vine Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Phone: 601-969-4009 or 1-800-748-9398 (V/TDD)
Counties Served: Hinds, Issaquena, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Neshoba, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Warren, Winston, Yazoo

Tupelo Office
1051 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: 662-844-6633 Counties Served: Alcorn, Benton, Chickasaw, Clay, DeSoto, Ittawamba, Lafayette Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo

Greenwood Office
502 – A West Park Avenue, Greenwood, MS 38930
Phone: 662-453-9940 Counties Served: Attala, Bolivar, Carrol, Coahoma, Grenada, Holmes,
Humphreys Leflore, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower,Tallahatchie Tunica, Yalobusha, Washington

Hattiesburg Office
710 Katie Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-583-2108 Counties Served: Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jasper, Jefferson Davis
Jones, Lamar, Marion, Perry, Smith, Wayne

McComb Office
915-A S. Locust Street, McComb, MS 39648
Phone: 601-684-3079 Counties Served: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson
Lawrence Lincoln, Pike, Simpson, Walthall, Wilkinson

Biloxi Office
2030 Pass Road, Suite C, Biloxi, MS 39531
Phone: 228-388-2401
Counties Served: George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone

Location/Contact Number:  Augusta Smith – LIFE Assistant Director

1304 Vine St., Jackson, MS 39202

Telephone: 601-969-4009 or

1-800-748-9398 (Voice or TDD)


Institute for Disability Studies

Institute for Disability Studies (IDS)—Provides programs and connections to resources that can help make life better for Mississippians with disabilities.

Location/Contact Number: Hattiesburg

Phone:  601-266-5163             TTY: 1-(888) 671-0051


The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking


The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program is available at community sites throughout Mississippi.
Freedom From Smoking® Online, a program available 24/7 at

FFS Online takes you through modules, each containing several lessons that you access through this protected website. These lessons include valuable information and most of them contain an assignment that you are to complete before moving on. The assignments reinforce the messages in each lesson and your commitment to quit.

Location/Contact Number:
American Lung Association – Mississippi
731 S Pear Orchard Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone: 601- 206-5810


Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.)

TATU is a mentoring program of the American Lung Association. TATU’s main goal is to help teens to stay tobacco-free. This tobacco education program trains teens in grades 7 – 12 to develop strong leadership skills through mentoring, educating, and influencing 4th – 6th grade students. This program provides new and relevant information to teens about tobacco and provides teens with the skills to convey that information to younger children and the community through leadership, peer counseling, mentoring and service hours
Location/Contact Number:
American Lung Association
731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 18
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Office: 601-206-5810
Toll Free: 1-800-586-4872

Eligibility Requirements: Students in grades 7 – 12


Tobacco Free Coalitions

The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions are grassroots groups covering all 82 Mississippi counties. The Coalitions work to reduce tobacco-related disease and death by educating youth about the dangers of tobacco, encouraging communities to implement smoke free ordinances and promoting tobacco cessation services.

Location/Contact Number: See information below

Counties Covered Contact Person Town Phone #
Adams, Franklin & Jefferson Paige Dickey Natchez 601-442-6858
Alcorn & Tippah Emily McGrath Corinth 662-284-8317
Amite, Pike & Wilkinson MSDH  ,Ridgeland 601-954-6921
Attala, Leake & Winston Leigh Lamkin Kosciusko 601-906-5737
Benton, Marshall & Union Linda Turner Byhalia 662-838-2163
Bolivar & Sunflower Beverly Johnson Cleveland 662-390-3225
Calhoun, Grenada & Yalobusha Sue Mashburne Grenada 662-226-2589
Carroll, Humphreys & Leflore Desiree Norwood Itta Bena 601-420-2414
Chickasaw & Lee  Stephanie Collier Tupelo 662-844-0013
Choctaw, Montgomery & Webster Keetha Mosley Winona 662-392-6346
Claiborne & Warren Vickie Bailey Vicksburg 601-446-3602
Clarke, Jasper & Wayne Pamela Lang-Prestage Waynesboro 601-671-8737
Clay, Lowndes & Oktibbeha Yolanda Pruitt West Point 662-251-7176
Coahoma & Tunica Wilhelmenia Newson Clarksdale 662-390-7711
Copiah & Lincoln Lori Carter Brookhaven 601-899-5880
Covington & Smith Rhonda Hayes Hattiesburg 601-336-7212
Desoto & Tate  , Marcus Ross Olive Branch 662-890-9622, ext 210
Forrest, Jones, Perry Wendy Magee Hattiesburg 601-336-7212
George, Greene, Stone Stephanie Mayfield Wiggins 601-928-4899
Hancock, Pearl River Kim Hart Kiln 228-282-2622
Harrison Chisa Mallet Gulfport 228-354-9660, ext 308
Hinds   , Jacqueline Carter Jackson 601-566-5474
Holmes, Madison, Yazoo Rochelle Culp Yazoo City 601-420-2414
Issaquena, Sharkey, Washington Tasha Bailey Greenville 662-537-4948
Itawamba & Monroe  Helen Boerner Fulton 662-321-1896
Jackson County Kellie Lamb Ocean Springs 678-478-0314
Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Walthall Casey Ward Monticello 601-455-6461
Kemper, Neshoba, Noxubee Beverly Knox Meridian 601-553-0929
Lafayette, Panola, Pontotoc Justin Pope Batesville 662-563-3335
Lamar, Marion Cassie Clinton Hattiesburg 601-336-7212
Lauderdale, Newton Sabrina Wilson Meridian 601-479-0753
Prentiss, Tishomingo Melissa Nash Booneville 662-728-2450
Quitman, Tallahatchie  ,Nakisha McCray-Watts Clarksdale 662-390-7154
Rankin, Scott, Simpson Jon Weeks Jackson 601-933-9170


Tobacco Control Strategies for Mississippians with Disabilities


Tobacco Control Strategies (TCS) for Mississippians with Disabilities—Program at IDS that provides support and education to individuals with disabilities who are interested in quitting

Location/Contact Number:
Phone: 601-266-5388

Eligibility Requirements: Interest in quitting tobacco use