Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason signs a proclamation for “Its Quitting Time in TN” with Smith County Health Department Health Educator, Megan Kinslow.

Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason and the Smith County Health Department have worked together to create a proclamation in observance of Tennessee Quit Week on February 3 – February 7, 2020.

Tennessee Quit Week aims to inspire Tennesseans to live healthier lives by taking advantage of the state’s free resource, the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine to quit using tobacco products. This year’s theme is “Seeing 2020 Tobacco-Free.”

Mayor Mason’s local proclamation is as follows:

WHEREAS,  the  United  States  Surgeon  General  has stated that  smoking  remains  the  single  most preventable  cause of premature  death in our society; and

WHEREAS, cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke account  for 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, including the deaths of 11,400 Tennesseans; and

WHEREAS, 125,000 Tennesseans under age 18 who are alive today will ultimately die from smoking unless smoking rates decline; and

WHEREAS, productivity losses caused by smoking each year equal $3.6 billion in Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, quitting smoking greatly reduces the risk of developing smoking-related diseases; and

WHEREAS, Tennessee Quit Week is a campaign to promote the importance of and resources for quitting smoking in Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, dedicating a week to promote smoking cessation will encourage tobacco users to call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine and make a quit plan,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeff Mason, Mayor of Smith County, do hereby proclaim the week of February 3-7, 2020 as

TENNESSEE QUIT WEEK

in Smith County and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.

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.org for free coaching and nicotine replacement patches (if eligible). All services are free to Tennesseans and can double a tobacco user’s chance of quitting successfully.