Cheatham County Government and Cheatham County Community Enhancement Coalition joined Tennessee Department of Health in celebrating the sixth annual Tennessee Quit Week February 21-26, 2021.
The county partners with agencies across the state to inspire Tennesseans to live healthier lives by taking advantage of the free Tobacco Quitline resource to stop using tobacco products. Mayor Kerry McCarver signed the proclamation as members of the Coalition attended Monday at the Cheatham County Courthouse.
Quitting is hard, but help is available! Tennesseans who use tobacco and are ready to quit can call the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or access web-based services at www.tnquitline.com for free coaching and nicotine replacement patches (if eligible). All services are free to Tennesseans and can double a tobacco user’s chance at quitting successfully.
“In Tennessee, 31 lives are lost each day as a direct result of smoking,” said Laura Durham of the Cheatham Coalition. “In addition to these tragic early deaths, tobacco use costs our state upward of six billion dollars each year in lost productivity and health care costs, preventable losses that hurt the prosperity of our state and those who live and work here.”
On Friday, at the Coalition office located at 102 Frey Street in Ashland City, there will be a raffle, giveaways, and free Quit Kits between 10am and 2PM. Quit Kits will include nicotine gum, a workbook, and other items to help people quit tobacco.
*TOP PHOTO: (Left to Right) Linda Perkins, Amber Howard, Ashley Clinard, Mayor Kerry McCarver, Laura Durham and Kris Wright at the Cheatham County Courthouse for the signing of the local proclamation declaring Tennessee Quit Week February 21-26, 2021.