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Tobacco Control Initiative in Davidson County

The Community Development and Planning Division has initiated a comprehensive effort to reduce tobacco use by youth and to increase the number of smoke-free public places and work places in Nashville. For more information, call us at 615-340-5334 or email

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Annual Smoke-free Events

The Great American SmokeOut

The Great American SmokeOut was established by The American Cancer Society in 1977 to educate the public on the dangers associated with tobacco use and to encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the Great American Smoke Out event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting, even for a day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day was started by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids as an annual event held in the spring to promote youth advocacy on tobacco issues. It's a day for youth to stand up, speak out, and seize control in the fight against tobacco by raising awareness about tobacco—how it harms our health and how Big Tobacco targets kids—and supporting strong tobacco control policies. If you would like more information about Kick Butts Day, please visit the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Kick Butts Day page.

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is a World Health Organization event held on May 31 every year that informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations If you would like more information about World No Tobacco Day, please visit the World Health Organization’s Tobacco page.

Tobacco Settlement Program

The Tobacco Settlement Program is funded by the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. The Master Settlement Agreement requires major tobacco companies to pay approximately $25 million annually for ten years. The funds are used for advertisement and education to address youth tobacco use and to educate consumers about the cause and prevention of disease associate with tobacco use.

The Prevention and Wellness Division has initiated a comprehensive effort to reduce youth tobacco use, increase the number of smoke-free multi-unit housing, and work with local clinicians who serve pediatrics to reduce second hand smoke exposure in homes and cars.

The Tobacco Settlement Initiatives

Freedom From Smoking®

The Freedom From Smoking® program consists of an eight session course led by an American Lung Association trained facilitator.

Call Travis Dunlap at 615-340-8605 or email to see if you qualify for this free tobacco cessation program.

Baby & me–Tobacco Free™

The Baby & me–Tobacco Free Program™ is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and postpartum population. Women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth weight babies. The Baby & Me–Tobacco Free Program is a free public health service and has proven to be a success across Tennessee, with over 3500 pregnant women enrolled through various public health departments.

To find out more about this program, call Camille Farmer at 615-340-0395 or email

Teens Against Tobacco Use

The American Lung Association educates and engage teens who are interested in making a difference in their community again Big Tobacco and tobacco’s advertising geared towards teens and young adults. Almost 90% of smokers begin smoking before the age of 18. By working with teens to increase awareness and petition for stricter tobacco laws, we can impact our future and that of loved ones. We seek to unite against tobacco companies, not smokers. The Metro Public Health Department will be the lead agent for the Teens Against Tobacco Use Program that was developed by the American Lung Association.

Teens Against Tobacco Use is a peer teaching tobacco prevention program that allows students to mentor youngsters about the dangers of smoking. A mandatory all day training and additional trainings are required to become a peer educator. Each peer educator is responsible for completing a minimum of 10 sessions.

Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing Campaign

Approximately 40 million Americans live in multi-unit housing properties, which account for 31.5 percent of all housing units in the United States. In Davidson County, 37.2% of housing structure is multi-unit. The home is a major source of secondhand smoke exposure to both adults and children. Eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern migrating from other units and common areas and traveling through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems

It is our goal to work together with landlords, tenants, and the community to voluntarily increase the number of smoke-free multi-unit housing properties in Nashville/Davidson County.

Clinicians Efforts Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE)

Exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to children. Child healthcare clinicians are in a unique and important position to address smoking because of the regular, multiple contacts with families and the harmful health consequences to their patients.

The CEASE Module was developed to help child healthcare clinicians tailor their office setting to address family tobacco use in a routine and effective manner.

Tobacco Prevention programs and information

Contact Lillian Maddox-Whitehead, Tobacco Prevention Program Coordinator

Want to Stop Smoking?

Tennessee Tobacco Quitline

800-784-8669 (800-QUIT-NOW)

Callers to the Quitline can receive a free tobacco quit kit, work with a free quit coach, and learn to deal with their cravings and challenges.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline page

Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous is a twelve step program of recovery. Meetings take place in Nashville.

For more information, visit the Nicotine Anonymous web site or email

Helpful Tobacco Websites

Tobacco Facts

Facts About Youth Smoking

  • 90% of smokers start before the age of 18. (Centers for Disease Control, 2014)
  • 10.8% of high school students in the United States are current cigarette smokers - 9.7% of females and 11.8% of males (Centers for Disease Control, 2015)
  • Approximately 12.4% of whites, 9.2% of Hispanics, and 6.5% of African Americans in high school are current cigarette smokers. (Centers for Disease Control, 2015)
  • Tobacco use in adolescence is associated with many other health risk behaviors, including higher risk sexual behavior and use of alcohol or other drugs. (Centers for Disease Control, 2008)

Davidson County Youth Smoking Rates

  • 11.5% of Tennessee youth report being current cigarette smokers. (2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
  • 21.7% of Tennessee High School Students report being current electronic cigarette users. (2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
    21.3% of Davidson County youth report being current tobacco users. (2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey).
  • 30% of Davidson County youth reported buying their last pack of cigarettes at a gas station or convenience store. 63.6% were not asked for proof of age when purchasing cigarettes. (2004 Youth Tobacco Survey)
  • 59.5% of youth smokers reported “wanting to quit. However, 61.2% of youth reported being unaware of smoking cessation programs available in their school or community. (2004 Youth Tobacco Survey)
  • 54.1% Davidson County youth reported being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. (2004 Youth Tobacco Survey)
  • 112 incidences of tobacco use in Davidson County School system of elementary and middle school students during the 2013-2014 school year.

Facts About Adult Smoking

  • Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
  • The Center for Disease Control estimates more than 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year (including deaths from secondhand smoke) – accounting for one out of every five deaths.

Davidson County Adult Smoking Rates

  • 20.9% of adults in Davidson County are current smokers which is lower than the state average of 24.3%. The national average is 18.1%. (2013/2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey)
  • According to the Health, Nashville, 2002 report issued by the Metro Public Health Department, four out of the top five causes of death for Davidson County residents are related to smoking: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease.