Nicotine Prevention

Challenges and Opportunities

As of 2016, 25% of the adult population of Sullivan County smoked. The average for adults smoking in Tennessee is 22%. 16% of youth in Sullivan County report using tobacco during the past 30 days. This is higher than the 11.5% for all of Tennessee.

Effects of Nicotine

Nicotine has a detrimental affect on all parts of the body. The CDC reports that smoking is a health factor in diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), causing more than 480,000 deaths in the United States per year. There is evidence that youth are more susceptible to addiction to nicotine than adults and have a harder time quitting.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES have ingredients that have led to important questions about their short and long term health consequences for those who use them and bystanders. To learn more about their potentially harmful effects, please visit our Electronic-Cigarettes Page.


UNDERAGE ADVERTISING to children and teenagers can also encourage early smoking. To learn more about Tennessee law and recent studies visit our Underage Advertising Page.

SECOND HAND SMOKE is an important health concern for adolescents and can cause them to be at risk for the same health risks a smokers.

In addition, parent smoking can increase the likelihood of their children smoking. To be involved with decreasing smoking among children and youth, please visit our Parents Page.

Second Hand Smoke Exposure Health Effects

Coalition Actions

Advocacy: Learn about SCAD's public policy positions by visiting our advocacy website.

Secondhand Smoke and Point of Sale Advertising: Use the app to help end exposure to secondhand smoke and advertising directed towards youth. Learn about and download our app on our page Tobacco Retailer Advertising.


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