The state’s third annual Tennessee Quit Week is happening Feb. 4-9 and invites all Tennesseans to support those who are trying to quit tobacco use or urge them to quit.
Tennessee ranks 44th in the nation in smoking prevalence among adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22.1 percent of Tennesseans smoke, which is higher than the U.S. rate of 15.1 percent. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey reports that youth tobacco use in Tennessee declined to 16.7 percent.
“Tennessee’s youth are getting the message that tobacco use of any kind is bad for their health, and that’s great news!” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “Smoking rates among Tennessee high school students have been cut in half since 2011. Tennessee’s youth-led movement for tobacco-free lifestyles, TNSTRONG is leading the charge to achieve Tennessee’s first tobacco-free generation.”
Tennesseans who are ready to quit smoking or using tobacco have options – they can call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or go online for more information and even set up a personalized quit plan with a counselor: click here.