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. Our Power to Quit program can help you quit and provide a healthier environment for your baby.
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 She’s Born for a Stronger Baby After
Are you pregnant? Do you smoke?
If you're interested in an incentive-based program to help you quit, sign up for our free Power to Quit program for pregnant women.
Join this program any time during your pregnancy for support and an opportunity to earn a $50 monthly gift card for successful cessation efforts. (Gift cards to Target.) Monthly sessions are approximately 30 minutes in length and continue through one year 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
Please call 865-215-5170 for more information and to schedule a session!
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!
CO Breathalyzer Screening Program (click here for more information)University of Tennessee Medical Center
Would you like support breaking your habit? Participate in the UT Medical Center Cessation Program, which offers free counseling to help you quit smoking. This resource offers an initial one-on-one counseling session with a respiratory therapist. You will develop a quit plan, discuss nicotine replacement therapy and obtain a free lung function test. Call 865-305-6970 for more information.
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.
The Freshstart Program is a group-based tobacco cessation support program by the American Cancer Society. Individuals interested in becoming a facilitator go through an online training. For more information on this program, click here.
Resources for Creating a Smoke-free Workplace
A free resource for guidance on the implementing a tobacco-free campus wide workplace can be found here.
Smoke-Free Knoxville meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 12 p.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.
Public Health Educators for Tobacco Prevention and Control
Knox County Health Department, Community Development and Planning Department
Click here to email Kerri or call 865-215-5445