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Tobacco Use Cessation

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Less than 46 percent of Tennesseans have quit smoking, less than any other southeastern state. You may ask, "Why don't thousands of Tennesseans who want to quit succeed in their attempt?" The answer is most people do not have a plan or know how to go about kicking the habit. Here's the good news - help is available. To quit smoking or using any kind of tobacco, call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). The QuitLine offers free, personalized and confidential quit services from a trained quit coach. The quit coach will guide the caller through the quitting process and provide ongoing support. This service is available to Tennessee residents in both English and Spanish. The service is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at TTY: 1-877-559-3816.

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Quitting smoking has immediate benefits. Within 20 minutes of giving up tobacco, elevated blood pressure and pulse decrease; in two days, nerve endings regenerate; in two weeks, circulation improves; in one to nine months fatigue and shortness of breath decrease; and in one year, the risk of a heart attack or stroke is cut in half.

"Some of the most significant health problems that the state faces stem from chronic diseases caused by obesity and smoking," Robinson said. "By making a resolution this year to live healthier lives - to just do better in any way, Tennesseans are not only benefiting themselves and their families, but are also improving the health status of our state."