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Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

Program Overview

Tobacco use is the most preventable risk factor for disease, disability, and death in the United States. It costs the community millions in dollars for health care costs, loss of productivity and premature death. The Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program provides information, education, and programming for prevention, tobacco use cessation and secondhand smoke awareness.

The program works to address the 4 goal areas for tobacco control programs:

  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people
  • Promote quitting among youth and adults
  • Eliminate secondhand smoke exposure
  • Eliminate disparities

Program Components

Program activities, services and partnerships are structured around the Center for Disease Control Prevention Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control programs.

  • State and Community Interventions
    • Smoke-Free Knoxville Coalition
    • Tennessee Cancer Control Coalition
    • Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee
    • Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids
    • Metro Drug Commission
    • Resource for Tobacco-free Workplaces
  • Health Communication Interventions  
    • Paid and earned media spots
    • Billboard campaign
    • Community Access Television
    • Kick Butts Day and Great American Smoke-out
    • Promotion of tobacco education materials at health fairs, conferences and community health classes
  • Cessation Interventions
    • Tennessee Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW)
    • Hospital cessation efforts
    • American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking
  • Surveillance and Evaluation
    • Youth Behavioral Risk Survey (in conjunction with Knox County Schools and Epidemiology Department)
    • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • Administration and Management
    • Skilled public health staff
    • Grants

Coalition Meetings

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

Program Contact

Kathryn Burklund
Public Health Educator for Tobacco Prevention and Control
Knox County Health Department, Community Development and Planning Department
Click here to email Kathryn

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 at This program is FREE to all Tennessee residents, So quit waiting and call for this FREE program today!

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. To learn more about this law please visit or if you have any questions about complying with the Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act call 1-800-293-8228.

2012 Surgeon General’s Report
"How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease

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.

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.

A session schedule will be posted on this page soon.

Program Overview:

Session 1
You’ll register and receive a baseline CO screening, QuitLine referral form, questionnaire, and personal care kit & face mask.

Session 2
You will receive a second CO screening and, if you have a decreased CO level, you’ll receive a $25 gift card to Target or CVS. You will also fill out a brief questionnaire.

Session 3 (Can be conducted monthly until delivery)
You’ll have another CO screening, complete a questionnaire and will receive a $25 gift card to Target or CVS if your reading is in the non-smoker range.

Post partum sessions (Can be conducted monthly until the child is 6 months old)
You’ll have a CO screening, complete a questionnaire and will receive another $25 gift card to Target or CVS if your reading is in non-smoker range.

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

Check back for the session schedule. For more information, contact Kerri Thompson at or 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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