Lung Cancer & Tobacco Cessation

In 2016, about 20.4% of Michigan adults reported smoking cigarettes on a regular basis. Smoking is associated with about 90% of lung cancers and evidence shows that for individuals diagnosed with cancer, quitting smoking can improve treatment effectiveness, survival and quality of life.


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Michigan, with 5,410 associated deaths estimated to occur this year. While numbers of new cases and deaths associated with lung cancer are decreasing in Michigan, both continue to exceed national averages and are highest in American Indian males and females. Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) has been shown to decrease mortality, though within the recommended population only 16% report ever having a low-dose CT scan.


By increasing provider knowledge of prevention practices, screening eligibility criteria, and early detection methods including low-dose CT (LDCT) screenings, we can work together to reduce lung cancer and the tobacco-use burden in our communities.

10% relative improvement in lung cancer screenings 
5% relative improvement in tobacco use screening and cessation interventions
How Will We Do It?


  • Provider education:

Free one-hour, on-site or virtual training session for medical office staff.  The training will cover: lung cancer screening; identifying and referring eligible patients; and tobacco dependence treatment resources.


  • Increase community awareness for early detection:

Share tailored resources and small media to increase patients’ knowledge related to lung cancer, risk factors, prevention and recommended screening.


  • Personalized technical assistance:

Assist participants to implement referrals to tobacco dependence treatment services including the Michigan Tobacco Quitline or other local resources


Assist participants to identify patients eligible for lung cancer screening as well as implement and refine screening referral processes


  • Leverage EHR data:

Incorporate the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and streamline processes for assessing patients who are due for lung cancer screening as well as implementing provider and client reminder systems.

HEDIS Measure Alignment

This initative aligns with Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) lung cancer screening measures:


  • Medical assistance with smoking cessation

Recorded Webinars

Our webinar series was developed to provide you with the resources and education needed to help your team and your patients learn more about up-to-date preventive measures and how they can provide long-term benefits. View webinar recordings here:


  • Reducing Commercial Tobacco Use & Promoting Screening

           View recorded webinar


  • Tobacco Dependence Treatment: Best Practices & Recommendations 

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  • Tobacco cessation counseling

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  • Lung cancer screenings: Guidelines, risks and benefits of LDCT 

Download presentation  |  View recorded webinar


  • Smoking cessation: Counseling within the clinical setting 

Download presentation  |  View recorded webinar


Continuing Education: On Demand Recorded CME Webinar

This on demand learning session is eligible to complete for 1 CME credit. In order to receive credit, please complete the post-session questions and evaluation after viewing the video recording.

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