Knox County Tennessee

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. In fact, smoking or even just being exposed to secondhand smoke while you’re pregnant can cause your baby to be born too early.

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

Quit Smoking Before Baby is Born for a Stronger Baby After


BABY & ME - Tobacco Free Program

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health and the health of your baby.

If you’re interested in a program designed to help you quit while also offering an opportunity for you to earn diapers and baby wipes, sign up for our free BABY & ME - Tobacco Free program for pregnant women.

Here’s how it works:

  • Enroll in the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program
  • Attend 4 prenatal quit smoking sessions and be eligible to receive a $25 diaper voucher at prenatal session 3 and 4
  • Quit smoking and stay quit during and after your pregnancy
  • Agree to take a breath test at each visit
  • Stay tobacco free after your baby is born and receive a monthly $25 diaper voucher for up to 12 months.
  • A smoker who lives with you can enroll, quit smoking and you receive an additional monthly $25 diaper voucher for up to 12 months.

To enroll in Knox County’s BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program, reach out to Debra Lane at 865-215-5394.

For more information, visit www.babyandmetobaccofree.org

RESOURCES FOR TOBACCO CESSATION

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!



RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

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.


E-cigarette Information

E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that can deliver nicotine and flavored oils to the user in the form of an aerosol. E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. JUUL is the most frequently used e-cigarette by youth.

According to the FDA, e-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018, increased 78 percent among high school students (11.7% to 20.8%) and 48 percent among middle school students (3.3% to 4.9%) from 2017 to 2018.

Researchers are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use. Here is what we know now.

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has known health effects.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive.
  • Nicotine is toxic to developing fetuses.
  • Nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
  • E-cigarette aerosol can contain other substances that can harm the body such as cancer-causing chemicals, volatile organic compounds, nickel, tin, lead and diacetyl.

Program Contacts

Holli Finchum
Public Health Educator for Tobacco Use Prevention and Control
Knox County Health Department, Community Health
Click here to email Holli or call 865-215-5445


Debra "Debby" Lane
Public Health Educator for Baby & Me-Tobacco-Free ProgramTM
Knox County Health Department, Community Health
Click here to email Debby or call 865-215-5394

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

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

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

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

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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