Challenges and Opportunities
As of 2016, 25% of the adult population of Sullivan County smoked. The average for adults smoking in Tennessee is 22%. 16% of youth in Sullivan County report using tobacco during the past 30 days. This is higher than the 11.5% for all of Tennessee.
Effects of Nicotine
Nicotine has a detrimental affect on all parts of the body. The CDC reports that smoking is a health factor in diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), causing more than 480,000 deaths in the United States per year. There is evidence that youth are more susceptible to addiction to nicotine than adults and have a harder time quitting.
ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES have ingredients that have led to important questions about their short and long term health consequences for those who use them and bystanders. To learn more about their potentially harmful effects, please visit our Electronic-Cigarettes Page.
SECOND HAND SMOKE is an important health concern for adolescents and can cause them to be at risk for the same health risks a smokers.
Secondhand Smoke and Point of Sale Advertising: Use the app to help end exposure to secondhand smoke and advertising directed towards youth. Learn about and download our app on our page Tobacco Retailer Advertising.