Tobacco and Nicotine

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (E-Cigarettes, Vaping, etc.)

Photo Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fact Sheet Explaining Harms of E-Cigarettes: CDC Quick Facts

Additional Facts and Regulation Info About E-Cigarettes: Truth Initiative

Facts About Smoking and Tobacco Use: CDC Tobacco Use

Prevention Efforts

Our coalition focuses on preventing tobacco use through the following efforts:

  • Raising awareness of the dangers of smoking

  • Providing information to the community about the availability of smoking cessation classes

  • Examining county wide policies on tobacco use and supporting policy change efforts

  • Increasing awareness about the TN QUITLINE: 1-800-QUITNOW (or 1-800-784-8669)

Do you want to quit smoking or any other nicotine use?

There are resources available to help you quit that still allows you to social distance during this time:

1. Tennessee Quitline

-You can call, text, or sign up for their free online service. More information here: https://www.tnquitline.org/

2. American Lung Association Helpline

https://www.lung.org/sup…/lung-helpline-and-tobacco-quitline |1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)

According to the World Health Organization, "Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness."

Source: https://www.who.int/…/q-a-detail/q-a-on-smoking-and-covid-19

3. Tennessee Tobacco Quitline

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine is a toll-free telephone service that provides personalized support for Tennesseans who want to quit smoking, dipping, or use if electronic nicotine delivery systems (vaping and e-cigarettes). The trained staff will help you create a quit plan and also follow up with you.

Learn more about the QUITLINE or call 1-800-784-8669

Online help can be found here.

4. American Lung Association: Freedom from Smoking

Our in-person Freedom From Smoking group clinics include eight sessions led by a certified facilitator with a small group held throughout the country. The program features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking and each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Because no single quit smoking plan is right for all smokers, the program presents a variety of evidence-based techniques for individuals to combine into their own plan to quit smoking. The clinic format also encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group.

More information: Freedom from Smoking

5. Upcoming Clinics in Washington County

Contact Katie McClellan at washcoprevention@insightalliance for more information regarding upcoming clinics.

Resources For Youths

TNSTRONG (Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation) is a youth-led, statewide movement committed to raising awareness of the dangers of tobacco and fighting against the tobacco industry's influence on Tennessee youth. For more information you can visit their website here or contact Katie McClellan at katie@insightalliance.org or 877-366-7593 ext. 103 for youth opportunities.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.