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Dads encouraged to celebrate Father’s Day by quitting tobacco use


Nashville, TN — Father’s Day is a wonderful time for men to celebrate the role they play in influencing the  choices children in their lives make. One of these choices is tobacco use.

“This Father’s Day, I urge dads to think about and discuss the effects tobacco may be having on their family,” said Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “If they do smoke, fathers can set a good example by either quitting smoking or influencing children to resist the pressures they may face from their peers to use tobacco products.”

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids encourages tobacco users to do the following:

  • If you have tried to quit, but can’t, don’t give up. Keep trying to do so.
  • Maintain a smoke-free home.
  • Educate your child about the dangers of smoking.
  • Listen to what your child says about smoking, and help them make good decisions.
  • Discuss peer pressure with your child.

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine can help, by offering personalized support for Tennessee residents who want to quit smoking and/or other tobacco products by connecting them with trained quit coaches to guide them through the quitting process. Callers will receive ongoing professional coaching via individually scheduled calls with a quit coach personally assigned to them. This convenient and confidential service is free and available to Tennessee residents in both English and Spanish. The service is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at TTY: 1-877-559-3816.

QuitLine callers also have complimentary access to relapse prevention techniques, printed resource materials, information on nicotine replacement therapies and other services to aid in the quitting process.

Really wanting to quit smoking or chewing is very important to the success you will have in quitting. Smokers who live after a heart attack are the most likely to quit for good; they’re very motivated. Find a reason for quitting before you have no choice.

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine (1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669) is a statewide toll-free telephone tobacco cessation treatment program made possible through the Tennessee Department of Health. There is no charge to callers for services. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 10:00pm; Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm CT.




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