Wednesday’s national day of activism empowers children and teenagers to be leaders in efforts to stop youth tobacco use. This year’s Kick Butts Day theme is “Stand Out. Speak Up. Seize Control.”
“We want young Tennesseans to know they have the power to help reduce tobacco use and save lives in our state,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner. “We applaud their efforts on Kick Butts Day and every day to set the example for a healthy lifestyle and encourage others not to start smoking, or to stop if they already smoke.”
In Tennessee, more than 21 percent of high school students, or 73,700 teenagers, are smokers, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The organization also reports 7,600 Tennessee juveniles become new daily smokers each year. Statistics also show how deadly this daily habit can be: the group estimates 132,000 juveniles now alive in Tennessee will ultimately die prematurely as a result of smoking.
The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669, offers personalized support for Tennessee teens and adults who want to quit smoking and/or stop use of other tobacco products.
Callers are connected with trained coaches to guide them through the quitting process, and receive ongoing professional coaching with a counselor personally assigned to them. QuitLine callers also have complimentary access to relapse prevention techniques, printed resource materials, information on nicotine replacement therapies and other services to help in the quitting process.
The convenient and confidential service is free and available to Tennesseans seven days a week in both English and Spanish. The service is also available for the deaf and hard of hearing at TTY: 1-877-559-3816.
Tennessee residents can also enroll in the QuitLine program online at www.tnquitline.com. Clients get fast, free access to a personal health coach, progress chart, interactive tools and other helpful resources.
TDH county health department clinics also offer smoking cessation services to help both youth and adult smokers kick the habit. Contact your local health department for details. A list of Tennessee’s health department locations can be found online at http://health.state. tn.us/localdepartments.htm.
Kick Butts Day is led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. To learn more and find a list of Tennessee events planned for Kick Butts Day 2013, go to http://kickbuttsday.org/.
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. For more information about TDH services and programs, visit http://health.state. tn.us/.