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Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

Knox County Health Department Program Overview

Tobacco use is the most preventable risk factor for disease, disability and premature death in the United States. It costs our country billions of dollars in health care costs and lost productivity due to disease and premature death.

The Knox County Health Department’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program works to address three areas:

  • Smoking Cessation (quitting) During Pregnancy
  • Reduction of Secondhand Smoke Exposure for Infants and Youth
  • Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use


NEW!!! CO (Carbon Monoxide) Screening Program

Are you pregnant? Do you smoke?

If you're interested in an incentive-based program to help you quit, sign up for our free CO* (Carbon Monoxide) screening program for pregnant women.

Program Overview:
Join this program any time during your pregnancy for support and an opportunity to earn a $25 monthly gift card for successful cessation efforts. (Gift cards to Target or CVS.) Monthly sessions continue through six months post-partum.

With this program, you’ll learn about:
Tips for quitting • benefits to quitting • the importance of support • the risks to your baby • the risks to you • tips to change habits • risks of smoking after your baby is born • risks of secondhand smoke • and a variety of other topics based on participant interest

A session schedule will be posted on this page soon. For more information, contact Kerri Thompson by clicking here or by calling 865-215-5445.

*CO is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that is produced by burning any carbon based substance, including tobacco. As tobacco is burned and inhaled, CO is one of the chemicals that enters the body and can negatively affect not only the woman smoking, but also the developing fetus. If you sign up, you’ll participate in a series of monthly sessions with our tobacco prevention health educators where we measure your CO levels.


2014 Surgeon General's Report
"The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014"

Days of Observance for Tobacco Awareness

November 20, 2014 - Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting - even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

March 18, 2015 - Kick Butts Day
Join us and thousands of youth across the United States and on military bases around the world as we stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

May 31, 2015 - World No Tobacco Day
Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers who die from breathing secondhand smoke.


Tennessee Tobacco Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Are you ready to quit smoking? Call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1- 800-784-8669). You may also join the program online by clicking here. This program is FREE to all Tennessee residents. So quit waiting and call for this FREE program today!

CO Breathalyzer Screening Program (click here for more information)

American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking Class
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
Ready to break the habit? Participate in this free eight-part class series, offered four times per year. A $50 deposit (refunded after completion of all 8 classes) is required. Contact Methodist Medical Center at 865-835-4662 for the next session dates and to sign up today.

University of Tennessee Medical Center
Would you like support breaking your habit? Participate in this eight-part class series, offered three times per year. Contact the UT Medical Center at 865-305-6970 for the next session dates and to sign up today.

Project Connect, Adolescent Tobacco Cessation Program
South College
Project CONNECT is an adolescent tobacco cessation and reduction program developed specifically to meet the unique needs of adolescents. The program is a wonderful opportunity to enhance current health and safety efforts for students. To learn more, please contact Dr. Regina R. Washington with the South College School of Pharmacy at 865-288-5854 or click here to email her.


Smoke-free Tennessee: Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act
The Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act of 2007 allows Tennesseans to breathe smoke-free at numerous restaurants, hotels and many other indoor establishments. Click here to learn more about this law or if you have any questions about complying with the Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act, please call 1-800-293-8228.

CDC - Save Lives, Save Money: Make Your Business Smoke-Free
A free resource for guidance on implementing a tobacco-free campus wide workplace.

American Cancer Society: Strategies for Promoting and Implementing a Smoke-free Workplace
A free resource for guidance on implementing a tobacco-free campus wide workplace.

Coalition Meetings

Smoke-Free Knoxville meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Community Room at the Knox County Health Department. All community members and organizations interested in learning more about tobacco-free efforts are welcome to join the coalition.

Program Contacts

Kathryn Burklund & Kerri Thompson
Public Health Educators for Tobacco Prevention and Control

Knox County Health Department, Community Development and Planning Department
Click here to email Kathryn or call 865-215-5174
Click here to email Kerri or call 865-215-5445

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Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

405 Dante Road
Knoxville, TN 37918

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(daily for lunch)

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

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