Too many Nashville residents use tobacco products, risking their health and the health of those around them. We seek to decrease the number of people who smoke and, by doing so, increase the health of our entire community.
21 percent of Nashville residents smoke; the national target set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 12 percent
(Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)
15.4 percent of Tennessee youths smoked a cigarette within the last 30 days
(CDC, Tennessee Data for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)
Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of premature mortality and morbidity
(Tennessee Department of Health)
Tobacco use is detrimental to all aspects of health. Above are just a few areas negatively impacted by tobacco use.
In the spring of 2016, icitizen conducted a poll of over 500 registered voters in the state that showed widespread, bipartisan support for an increased tobacco tax in Tennessee. We find it inspiring to see residents speak up for a healthier Tennessee!
Tennessee Smoking Rate Compared to the National Rate
Majority of Tennesseans Support Increasing the State Tax on Tobacco