Kick butts on Nov. 21

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Nov. 21 marks the 2013 Great American Smokeout — and the Roane County Health Department encourages smokers to use the occasion to either make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

“By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer and diseases related to smoking such as emphysema and COPD,” said Donna Raines, public health educator at Roane County Health Department.

Raines said tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.

To find  cessation resources in the area, call the Roane County Health Department at 354-1220, or the Tennessee Quit-Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

The Quit-Line is a free cessation resource to all Tennessee residents.