about us

Muskegon County Tobacco Reduction Coalition

KnowSmoke is a community organization whose mission is to promote a tobacco free county through
education, cessation and prevention.

initiatives

What are we doing to reduce tobacco use in Muskegon County?

MUSKEGON Zombie Walk 2016

The 2016 KnowSmoke Zombie Walk was a tremendous success with over 230 participants walking through downtown Muskegon on Saturday, October 15th. The fourth annual event promoted the next smoke-free generation message while highlighting the health risks of addiction and tobacco use.

The event started at the L.C. Walker Arena where participants could take advantage of classes on how to walk and dance like a zombie and have zombie makeup applied. As the horde descended upon Hackley Park, they were educated and entertained with educational skits, music, and dancing. This year's event had help from the Hackley Community Care Teen Health Center's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), who planned and implemented the walk, and Mona Shores High School, who developed promotional videos shared in the community. This KnowSmoke Zombie Walk was supported by 20 different organizations, and over 50 volunteer humans made the event possible. Each year, the zombies take over downtown Muskegon in support of becoming a smoke-free generation.

Stay tuned for more information at knowsmokezombiewalk.org.

Educating the public on the dangers of smoking 

The coalition gives presentations and provides public information about the negative health effects of tobacco. It educates the public about dangers of second-hand smoke and aims to reduce youth access to tobacco. 

Providing information, free classes, and resources on how to quit smoking 

To help smokers quit tobacco, the coalition provides tobacco treatment information to Muskegon County residents, while ever increasing the availability of cessation resources to reach more people in the community. Contact us to help you quit, or call:

1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)

Promoting smoke-free environments in Muskegon County

Through multiple youth initiatives such as Kick Butts Day, Great American Smoke Out (GASO), and community events the coalition hopes to increase awareness of the smoke-free laws and health risks.

the facts

Local stats on tobacco use in Muskegon County.

county health

We ranked 81 out of 82 for health behaviors for the University of Wisconsin Community Health Rankings, 2016.

student rates

7.5% of high school students reported smoking a whole cigarette in the past 30 days. (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, 2015).

underage use

17.9% of high school students had ever smoked a whole cigarette, 6.8% had done so before age 13. (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, 2015).

county vs. state

21% of the state smokes, only 20% of Muskegon County (University of Wisconsin Community Health Rankings, 2016).

members

A special thanks to our community partners.

contact us

Want to learn more about our local initiatives? 
We want to hear from you!
Contact by email: powerscl@mercyhealth.com