Great American Smokeout talks 'cold turkey' for Thanksgiving

Knoxville,TENN. (WVLT) -- Are you ready to say goodbye to cigarettes and tobacco for good?

In this March 18, 2013 file photo cigarette packs are displayed for sale at a convenience store in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

Today is the Great American Smokeout. But if you're a smoker, what does that mean for you? For smokers or tobacco users who want to quit, it means twenty-four hours filled with information about support groups, smoking cessation classes and other tools to help you kick the habit. .

If you've been planning to go 'cold turkey,' experts say there's no time like now.

"It's the worse addiction I've ever messed with," said Matt Schnebelen.

"When you wake up you want a cigarette, before you sleep you want a cigarette. It's just on your mind all the time," he said.

In Tennessee, one in four people are smokers. With every puff, many admit, they can't quit. But Schnebelen says he found a way.

"I buried my mother, father, and uncle all due to cancer as a direct result of smoking; that's why I quit," said Schnebelen.

He did it cold turkey. For others, it's not so easy. That's why the great American Smoke out is calling on Tennesseans to make a plan.

"Smoking can cause serious damage to your lungs from a cancer and emphysema perspective. You're facing cancer, breathing difficulties, and even heart disease, attack and stroke. They're all tied to smoking," said Michael Holtz with the American Cancer Society.

Support is only a call away: Dial 1-800-quit-now.



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