Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will join several state and local agencies to encourage Tennesseans to pledge to be smoke-free on Thursday, Nov. 17. In addition to the Attorney General's Office, those participating in and supporting events throughout downtown Nashville are Metropolitan Department of Public Health Director William Paul, Commissioner Doug Varney of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, Commissioner John Dreyzehner of the Tennessee Department of Health and Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.
The third Thursday in November marks the thirty-sixth celebration of the Great American Smokeout Day. This year, the Attorney General's Office is teaming up with several state agencies and the Metropolitan Department of Public Health to host quit-booths and sponsor street teams. Smokers are encouraged to stop by one of these booths and pick up a quit pack-full of cessation goodies that will help assist the smoker's attempt to quit smoking.
In addition, smokers willing to trash their cigarettes and pledge to quit for at least the day can trade in their cigarettes for a prize. Stationary quit booths will be located in downtown Nashville at Public Square throughout the morning and at the Farmer's Market (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). There will also be booths on various college campuses around downtown Nashville, and several street teams traveling around downtown Nashville.
"We are proud to support this cooperative effort to help people stop a dangerous habit," Attorney General Cooper said.
The American Cancer Society established this event in 1977 to educate the public on the dangers associated with tobacco use and to encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day. The event is held annually on the third Thursday of November. Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of disease and premature death within the United States.
Tennesseans who smoke may take advantage of a powerful resource to help them quit tobacco use: the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline. This free service offers personalized support through a quit coach who will help design an individualized plan to stop using tobacco. It only takes a phone call to begin living a healthier life free from tobacco. The Tennessee Tobacco Quitline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669.) To learn more information about the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline, go to the Tennessee Department of Health's website at: http://health.state.tn.us/tobaccoquitline.htm.