If your New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, we applaud you and encourage you to take advantage of some great resources.
- Tennessee's Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, is a free program to help you quit for good. You'll receive a free Tobacco Quit Kit and be paired with a Quit Coach to help you learn to deal with tobacco cravings and many other challenges you may face along the way.
- The Knox County Health Department's free program for pregnant women. If you're pregnant and need help quitting, contact us about our Power to Quit Program. You'll get information to help you quit along with monthly incentives.
- The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has several resources to help you quit.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes - nearly 1 in every 5 adults. According to the Knox County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, in 2011 more than 17 percent of Knox County adults reported they smoked cigarettes.
Interested in helping others?
Smoke-Free Knoxville, a local coalition of community members and representatives from 25 area agencies and hospitals, is committed to the prevention and reduction of tobacco use.
Click here for more information about Smoke-Free Knoxville.