Quittin' Time in Tennessee: Health officials offering help with quitting tobacco
The Hamilton County Health Department wants to help people quit tobacco products like smoking and chewing tobacco.
They're offering resources like quit programs and the number to a confidential quit line, to provide users with a two-week supply of nicotine replacement patches and an addiction counselor.
Paula Collier with the health department says there are lots of different ways to quit and hopes campaigns like this can help lead to a healthier Tennessee.
"If you are thinking about it, there a lot of community resources that you can use. There are a lot of apps you can use or take a class,” Collier said.
According to Collier, tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the state of Tennessee.
"An addiction is something you do not want to get into. It also harms your family and friends, people that are around you, because there are harms to the second and third hand effects of tobacco,” Collier said.
Collier says this program isn't just for people looking to quit, it's for everyone looking for a healthier life.
The Health Department will have an event at the ARC on UTC’s campus Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since the campus is already smoke-free, they will be doing C.O. screenings, education, and promoting on and off campus cessation resources.
The health department also has a list of this week’s events and ways to quit on its website.