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Get Ready for "It's Quittin' Time in Tennessee"

February 5-9, 2018 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! Feel free to continue, or even start, your own campaign in the weeks and months after the official week.

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 it becomes available.

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 

NEW: Offer, or announce, upcoming, smoking cessation classes. Share information about UT Health Science Center's research study focused on helping people manage their weight when the quit smoking. There are no costs for those that qualify to participate and they receive telephonic smoking cessation counseling, free Chantix, as well as weight managent support. Employees can call 901-448-2000 to learn more and checkout the website at htttps://www.fitandquit.org.

Here are some general resources you will find helpful:

Posted by Cristie Travis at 3:14 PM

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