About the Coalition
In April 2015, Tobacco Free Partners became a part of Health Net of West Michigan with a goal of connecting existing tobacco reduction resources in Kent County. This goal of connection led to a name change from Tobacco Free Partners to Tobacco Free Network. In July of 2017, the coordination of the Tobacco Free Network coalition was moved to the Kent County Health Department. While we have a new name and location we are still committed to reducing tobacco and nicotine use in West Michigan through the connection and coordination of existing advocacy, prevention, and cessation resources.
Why We Exist
Although there have been great strides in the reduction of tobacco use in the United States over the last 50 years, it remains the single most preventable cause of death, disease, and disability. Michigan's tobacco use rates are particularly high, with only nine other states ranking higher. Additionally, our most vulnerable residents are at the greatest risk. The producers of tobacco and nicotine products continue to aggressively market to vulnerable populations and are expanding with the emergence of new products like e-cigarettes. With this new frontier for tobacco companies to capitalize on, the fight to reduce and prevent tobacco use is as relevant as ever.
Our Mission and Vision
- Mission: Dedicated to preventing and reducing tobacco use in West Michigan.
- Vision: To create a tobacco free West Michigan.
Resources on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Products
For Information on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) like JUUL, visit the E-cigarette and Vaping Resources page.
Tobacco Cessation Resources
Information about tobacco cessation resources including local classes and tools to quit smoking can be found on the Cessation Resources page.
We recognize that sustainable change is a long-term effort requiring true collaboration between the public and private sectors. Our intent is to grow the Tobacco Free Network with people and agencies inspired to make grassroots change.
We invite you to join TFN Community Partners in this important work by contacting Tobacco Free Network's Carolyn Quiney at 616-632-7218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The coalition meets on the third Tuesday of February, May, August, and November.