Health Leaders Celebrate Tennessee Quit Week

Thursday, February 09, 2017 | 10:42am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth and Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Tennessee State Capitol to celebrate Tennessee Quit Week and discuss opportunities for residents, government, business and non-profit leaders to partner in reducing tobacco use in Tennessee. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chamber and is open to the public.

Tennessee Quit Week was created as an initiative of the TDH Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition to reduce the burden of tobacco use by raising awareness of free resources available to help Tennesseans quit smoking and/or using other tobacco products. The coalition consists of key stakeholders and community partners from around the state whose purpose is to identify strengths, gaps and opportunities for tobacco control in Tennessee.

Tobacco use claims the lives of at least 30 Tennesseans each day and directly causes more than $2.6 billion in annual health care costs in the state. In addition, tobacco use costs Tennessee billions of dollars each year in lost productivity. These consequences could be eliminated by reducing nicotine addiction and tobacco use among Tennesseans.


Who:            John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health

                     Sen. Bill Frist, MD, Founder and Chairman, NashvilleHealth

                     Richard Johnson, CEO, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness                                                                            

What:          Tennessee Quit Week news conference


When:         Tuesday, February 14, 8:30 a.m. Central time


Where:       Tennessee State Capitol

                       Old Supreme Court Chamber

                       600 Charlotte Ave.

                       Nashville, Tennessee  37243



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