Published: November 7, 2018


THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH URGES SMOKERS TO JOIN THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15TH TO SAY NO THANKS TO TOBACCO FOR 24 HOURS.  THE ANNUAL EVENT IS A WAY FOR SMOKERS TO TAKE A POSITIVE STEP TOWARD A HEALTHIER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEMSELVES.  ABOUT 40 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING 1.5 MILLION TENNESSEANS, SMOKE CIGARETTES ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND DATA SHOWS THAT WITHIN 20 MINUTES OF QUITTING TOBACCO, HEART RATE AND BLOOD PRESSURE DROP.  IN 12 HOURS, THE CARBON MONOXIDE LEVEL IN BLOOD DROPS TO NORMAL AND ONE YEAR AFTER QUITTING, THE RISK OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE IS CUT IN HALF.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS FREE HELP FOR SMOKERS TO KICK THE HABIT FOR GOOD WITH THE TENNESSEE TOBACCO QUIT LINE.  CONTACT THE QUIT LINE AT 1-800-784-8669 OR GO ONLINE TO T-N QUIT LINE DOT COM.