Tobacco Use

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The problem we face

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States – nearly 1 in 5 people die annually. Too many Nashvillians smoke putting them at greater risk of disease and death. NashvilleHealth is working to decrease the number of tobacco users in Davidson County and improve the community’s overall health.

21% of Nashville residents smoke. The national target set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 12%.

21% of Nashville residents smoke. The national target set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 12%.

CDC, 500 Cities Project, 2015

15.4% of Tennessee youth smoked a cigarette within the last 30 days.

15.4% of Tennessee youth smoked a cigarette within the last 30 days.

CDC, Tennessee Data for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013

The annual health care costs in Tennessee directly caused by smoking are $2.67 billion.

The annual health care costs in Tennessee directly caused by smoking are $2.67 billion.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 2014

Initiatives

Tobacco-Free Tennessee Coalition: NashvilleHealth is serving as the administrator and convener for this statewide group.  This includes coordinating strategic planning sessions, guiding agenda setting, bringing in national and local speakers, managing sub-committees and promoting awareness.

It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee: NashvilleHealth supports the state’s annual Quittin’ Time campaign, which shines a spotlight on our state’s high tobacco use, and encourages those who are ready to quit, to utilize the state Quitline. We work with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness to lead media and public awareness efforts.

Advocacy: NashvilleHealth supports efforts to enact state and local legislation to regulate and reduce tobacco use.

Resources

Tennessee Tobacco Quitline: It’s hard to quit smoking, but studies show that people who use a program do better than those who do not. Tennessee’s Tobacco Quitline is a free program that can help you quit for good. Call 1-800-Quit Now (800-784-8669).

Metro Nashville Health Department: The Metro Nashville Health Department has initiated a comprehensive effort to reduce tobacco use and to increase the number of smoke-free public places and work places in Nashville. They offer free tobacco cessation programs, including Freedom from Smoking, Baby & Me Tobacco Free and Teens Against Tobacco Use.

American Lung Association: The American Lung Association provides proven tools, tips and support to help you quit using tobacco.