By: Valerie Crow, Cobb & Douglas Public Health
The third Thursday of the month, November 15, 2018, marks the Great American SmokeOut – an event originated by the American Cancer Society to help encourage support for smokers to quit smoking and tobacco products for the day, and to start their journey towards a smoke-free life. Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) encourages residents to support each other by learning more about the dangers of tobacco and utilizing resources to quit.
Each day in the United States, more than 3,200 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 youth and young adults become daily cigarette smokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
But there are ways to stop. With support, current smokers are more likely to quit using tobacco products for good. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line provides free telephone counseling services to Georgians ages 13 and older interested in tobacco cessation. Cessation counseling is available for all forms of tobacco products and the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To learn more about the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line, please call toll-free:
For Hearing Impaired:
TTY Services: 1-877-777-6534
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.