(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Thursday marks World No Tobacco Day and state officials are joining in on the observance of this day by urging Tennesseans who use tobacco to call the state's quit line to begin a tobacco-free life.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 9,700 Tennessee residents die every year from smoking. Officials said the quit line is there to help tobacco users by providing free personalized, confidential counseling to help individuals set a plan for quitting the use of cigarettes or other tobacco products.
"Many Tennesseans die each year from preventable illnesses linked to tobacco use," Dr. David Reagan, Tennessee Department of Health chief medical officer, said in a statement. "World No Tobacco Day is the perfect time for Tennesseans to quit smoking and to stop using other tobacco products."
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