February 22-26 is "It's Quittin' Time in Tennessee" week, a statewide campaign to promote awareness of and resources for quitting smoking. Click here to download the graphic and use it in your communications to show your employees this is a community-wide campaign!
The evidence is clear why employers should care:
- Quitting smoking saves lives, improves health and reduces health care costs.
- Reducing workforce smoking rates improves employee health, increases productivity and saves dollars.
- Reducing tobacco use rates promotes healthy communities from which you pull your employees.
- There are resources available to help: Tennessee Quitline, local quit programs and health provider interventions
Frame this week as a kickoff to a campaign around tobacco cessation and plan to celebrate those that quit at the Great American Smokeout in November!
Here are some easy to implement suggestions, and resources, but be creative! We will post more specific "It's Quittin' Time In Tennessee" material as we get closer.
Be sure your employees know the benefits you offer them! This is a great week to highlight all the insurance benefits and tobacco and smoking programs you offer.
Consider a daily employee communication that week. You may want to take a page each day from 10 Things You Should Know About Quitting Smoking or Plan to Quit Cards
Offer, or announce upcoming, smoking cessation classes. Did you know the Shelby County Health Department offers the highly successful and evidence-based American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking classes free? (Note: this link is for Colorado but does an excellent job outlining the program and it's success) Contact Courtney Tipper at (901) 222-9274 or Courtney.Tipper@shelbycountytn.gov for more information.
Here are some general resources you will find helpful: