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Support To Smokers Who Want To Quit

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Kick off the New Year by kicking the habit in 2008! Quitting smoking is a popular New Year's resolution, and the Tennessee Department of Health can increase your odds of keeping it.

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine is a coaching service available at no charge to all Tennessee residents. The QuitLine's trained, credentialed quit coaches guide callers through all phases of the quitting process and help them create an individualized plan to stop smoking. Callers work with the same coach throughout the quitting process to received personalized assistance to kick tobacco addiction.

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"Each year, many Tennesseans resolve to make this the year they will quit tobacco," said Donna Henry, director of Health Promotion. "By calling the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, individuals will be guided through a tailor-made quitting program by a trained quit coach who will help them to their quit date and beyond. With this crucial support, the likelihood of success greatly increases."

Tobacco users who call the QuitLine to stop smoking or using other tobacco products will join thousands of other Tennesseans who are using this service to help them succeed. Call volume to the QuitLine has soared since implementation of the Non-Smokers Protection Act and an increase in the cigarette tax this year. More than 3,000 people called the QuitLine in October 2007 alone.

In addition to calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for support, the Tennessee Department of Health offers the following tips to encourage tobacco users who are preparing to quit in 2008: