November 17th is the 36th annual American Cancer Society (ACS) Great American Smokeout, and the Shelby Health Department urges smokers to quit.
The Great American Smokeout is an annual event, encouraging smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, including 38,000 deaths among as a result of secondhand smoke.
Tennessee offers a FREE Tobacco QuitLine program. The program is a toll-free telephone service that provides personalized support for Tennesseans who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Caller to the QuitLine are assigned a personal coach who can help callers understand how to quit tobacco use. The program is free to all Tennessee residents who want to quit smoking. The QuitLine number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).