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%) 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% of people with mental illness smoked compared to 21% 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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The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline provides telephone-based treatment to Mississippi residents interested in quitting.
- 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.
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.
- 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
Cost: ALL COUNSELING AND MEDICATIONS ARE FREE TO MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS
|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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
2030 Pass Road, Suite C, Biloxi, MS 39531
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 http://www.ffsonline.org
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.
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
American Lung Association
731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 18
Ridgeland, MS 39157
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
Eligibility Requirements: Interest in quitting tobacco use