Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 2:13 p.m.

Thursday is 37th annual Great American Smokeout Day

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Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper encourages Tennesseans to pledge to be smoke-free on Thursday, Nov. 15, which marks the 37th celebration of Great American Smokeout Day.

Great American Smokeout Day was established in 1977 by the American Cancer Society in an effort to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use. The day encourages smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day.

The event is held annually on the third Thursday of November.

Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable diseases/premature deaths in the U.S.

“We are pleased to take part in this important event designed to help save lives,” Cooper said in a prepared statement. “We hope Tennesseans will take this opportunity to either stop smoking or help others quit the dangerous habit.”

The Tennessee Tobacco Quitline is a free service that offers personalized support to help an individual quit smoking. The process of creating this individualized plan can be started by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

To learn more information about the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline, go to the Tennessee Department of Health website.

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