The Tobacco Risk Reduction Program offers information and education on the prevention of tobacco use. The aim of the program is to reduce health statistics associated with tobacco use by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco-related health disparities, preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people, and promoting quitting among adults and young people. The coordinator for the Tobacco Risk Reduction Program is available to conduct presentations to schools, youth organizations, churches, companies, etc. Technical assistance is also available for organizations interested in implementing a tobacco free policy.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health website, in 2013 each county in Tennessee received funding during this three-year program to reduce the burden of tobacco use in the state. All counties are challenged to set goals and select one or more projects that address three topics: eliminating smoking during pregnancy, reducing infants' and children's exposure to second-hand smoke, and preventing child and adolescent tobacco use.
Funding from the Tobacco Settlement was provided to the Tennessee Department of Health for fiscal years 2014 - 2016 to address the state's high rate of tobacco use and prevent expensive related medical costs. The plan to distribute $15 million over three years has been generated with input from all 95 counties. This plan includes a variety of projects to target behaviors designed to protect the health of Tennessee's most vulnerable populations: unborn babies, pregnant women, and children.
Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program. (n.d.). Retrieved August 22, 2016.