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In June 2007, the Tennessee legislature took a big step forward for public health by enacting Senate Bill 1325, which made many workplaces in Tennessee smokefree on October 1, 2007. The public health community partnered a myriad of endorsers, including the Tennessee Restaurant Association, AFL-CIO, and the National Women's Political Caucus, to push this policy forward.

Click here for more information or to get involved.

The Smokefree Knoxville coalition relaxes after their successful rally, organized to support Governor Bredesen's smokefree workplace bill

Unfortunately, the new law leaves many Tennessee employees still exposed to secondhand smoke. The law exempts workplaces with four or fewer employees and any restaurant or bar that chooses to prohibit people under age 21 at all times. To learn more about the new Tennessee law, visit Tennessee CHART.

Tennessee, one of the states left most behind in our national movement, built upon the earlier success of enacting a 100% smokefree law in 2006 for all government owned and occupied buildings, including correctional facilities.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Tennessee.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/8/2013 - 5/20/2014 (Est.); Recess: 4/20/2013 - 1/13/2014

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Anderson County partners come together to celebrate tobacco prevention
Oak Ridge Today - Nov 1, 2014

Representatives from across the county attended the reception, where they received their new Let's be tobacco-free park signs. More than 300 signs will be ...

Local billboards targeting secondhand smoke
News 12 Chattanooga, TN - October 28, 2014

Both Hamilton County and state health officials have launch an anti-tobacco campaign aimed at educating the public about the effects of secondhand smoke on children. The campaign involves the use of large billboards that are being placed throughout South

More information about the newest trend of electronic cigarettes
TriCities.com - October 15, 2014

I mentioned in last week's article that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are gaining in popularity, especially among our young people. It's an exploding ...

Memphis Vaping Community Fights E-Cig Regulations
Memphis Flyer - October 9, 2014

Some regulation, such as a ban to sell to anyone under 18, is welcomed by users. ... cigarettes or how their health has improved by vaping instead of smoking.

Controversial Lebanon hookah bar closes its doors
Lebanon Daily News - October 8, 2014

But at night the business transformed into a hookah bar where patrons paid to smoke flavored tobacco, called shisha, from a water pipe. During the summer the ...

Beer sales in theaters proposal fails
TriCities.com - October 7, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. - An amendment to permit beer sales in movie theaters failed Tuesday night, while an ordinance to ban smoking of electronic cigarettes at ...

Smoking ban in public housing saves millions of dollars
WSMV Nashville - October 7, 2014

"Already, over 500 public housing agencies have adopted some form of a smoke free policy, protecting approximately 200,000 families," Matthew Ammon with ...

Sullivan County parent criticizes school facilities study process
Kingsport Times News - October 6, 2014

In addition, the board approved third and final reading of a revamped tobacco policy that applies the system's tobacco ban to electronic cigarettes, and through ...

Sullivan County board member wants 'just cause' added to policy
Kingsport Times News - October 6, 2014

Other policies up for third and final reading include a change in the tobacco policy. The change adds e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes which use scented or flavored water vapor containing nicotine to the list of tobacco-related items banned in stadiums, gyms and indoor areas of schools.

Bristol, Tenn. City Council considering e-cigarette ban
WCYB - September 30, 2014

Bristol, Tennessee leaders are considering a law to prevent people from using electronic cigarettes in city buildings. The city council will be looking at a revised ordinance of the city's current smoking policy which says you cannot use cigarettes, cigars, or pipes inside city buildings. The new version will include e-cigarettes.

Longtime health promoter Michael Holtz joins Knox County Health Department
Knoxville daily sun - September 22, 2014

KNOXVILLE - The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has a new director of community assessment and health promotion. Michael Holtz, APR, has been hired to replace Dr. Kathleen Brown, who recently accepted a position with the University of Tennessees Department of Public Health. Holtz comes to KCHD after 12 years with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the American Cancer Society. His work included smoke-free workplace laws, preservation of funding for cancer screening programs, reducing youth access to indoor tanning devices and ...

Bristol Tennessee City Council sets vote on beer sales at theaters
TriCities.com - September 17, 2014

Next month, the council will also consider banning electronic cigarettes on city-owned and leased properties. The city currently only bans smoking cigarettes.

Smoke-Free Policy Enforcement Approved by SGA Senate
Sidelines Online (subscription) - September 12, 2014

MTSU gets money for having a tobacco-free campus, and I think that we should honor that by abiding by the rules, said Benne. Bogle said he first had the idea ...

BROWN: E-cigarettes need strong regulation
The Tennessean - September 9, 2014

The American Heart Association recently issued new policy recommendations on the use of electronic cigarettes and their impact on tobacco control efforts. Based on the current evidence, our position is that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are tobacco...

Sullivan BOE OKs revamped tobacco-free school policy
Kingsport Times News - September 3, 2014

It then turned out that a policy banning smoking on any school grounds was not ... boards to ban system employees from smoking anywhere on school grounds ...

Local vapor shops speak out about potential regulation of e-cigs
WBIR-TV - September 3, 2014

(WBIR-Knox County) It was about a month ago when a review from the Addiction Journal was published, saying the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes ...

Sullivan County BOE eyes e-cigarette ban
Kingsport Times News - August 29, 2014

BLOUNTVILLE Sullivan County's school board won't be approving a school campus tobacco policy change on third and final reading at its regular meeting Tuesday. But the policy change is up for a second reading, so the wheels are in motion to change the policy to add electronic cigarettes to the ban on regular tobacco cigarettes, with a final vote set for Oct. 6. ...

E-vapor cigs banned at school sporting events
Therogersvillereview - August 20, 2014

... to adopt a policy amendment banning "vapor-type" devices in outdoor seating areas ... Some members favored a complete ban of all tobacco and nicotine products, ... boards amend their smoking policies to include the newer "e-vapor" products. ... even though school policy bans the use of tobacco, period, on campuses.

Cumberland takes center stage
Lebanon Democrat - August 20, 2014

In more routine business, council voted to change the Square's zoning to ... while adding tobacco or nicotine stores, cash advance services and tattoo services to ...

City to consider Square uses
Lebanon Democrat - August 19, 2014

The council plans to consider a measure to change the Square's zoning to remove package stores from allowed businesses while adding tobacco or nicotine ...

'Vaping' now banned in some Washington County buildings
WCYB - July 29, 2014

County mayor Dan Eldridge tells News 5 that the commission voted to ban e-cigs and vapor products at any public buildings of Washington County. He says ...

Stumble's Public House: Where steaks and cigarettes still mingle
Pitch Weekly - July 24, 2014

If you don't mind looking at your plate through a mist of tobacco smoke and ... where proposed smoking ordinances to ban smoking have been trounced by the ...

Proponents, health professionals differ on use of e-cigarettes
The Standard Banner - July 24, 2014

Vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, are becoming more popular, and people can be seen “vaping” instead of smoking all around Jefferson County. While it seems that ...

Tobacco grant geared toward improving children’s health
Jonesborough (TN) Herald & Tribune - July 22, 2014

...a new program to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke in families is already having a positive impact. Made possible by a grant of almost $250,000 from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure...

Commission may add vapor products to tobacco restrictions
Herald & Tribune - July 15, 2014

The policy banning tobacco use and smoking in buildings owned and leased by Washington County may soon include electronic cigarettes. At the request of ...

Robertson County school district bans E-cigarettes
The Tennessean - July 15, 2014

The Robertson County Board of Education has banned the use of electronic ... The devices, commonly known as E-cigs, allow users to simulate smoking by ... The board unanimously approved updating school policy's banning student use ...

Hawkins BOE member wants tobacco free policy strictly enforced at games
Kingsport Times News July 13, 2014

ROGERSVILLE - An amendment to the Hawkins County Board of Education's "Tobacco Free Schools" policy banning "vapors" used as tobacco substitutes was withdrawn from consideration Thursday for further study.

E-Cigarette business moving too fast for regulations
Knoxville News Sentinel - July 6, 2014

E-cigs are no better than regular cancer sticks, just slightly less unhealthy but still disgusting. E-cig smoker. Just because people around you tolerate it does not ...

Motlow campuses implement policy against smoking
The Daily News Journal - July 3, 2014

In late May, the Moore County-based college announced it would restrict the use of all forms of tobacco products, even smokeless electronic cigarettes, beginning July 1. The policy does allow the use of tobacco products in private vehicles. Motlow also has campuses in sites in Fayetteville, McMinnville, and as of fall 2013, the colleges enrollment was 4,900, according to data from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

East Ridge Voters To Decide On 17 City Charter Changes; E ...
The Chattanoogan - June 27, 2014

The ban of Electronic-cigarettes from the inside of buildings that are owned or leased by the city passed on second and final reading. A violation of this ban ...

Lebanon schools adopt new pay plan
Lebanon Democrat - June 25, 2014

Other items approved by the board included budget amendments for 2013-14; the federal programs budget for 2014-15; adding electronic cigarettes to the boards policy on tobacco-free schools; adoption of the look-back measurement under the Affordable Care Act; and requesting bids for furniture for the addition at Winfree Bryant Middle School.

Motlow joins campuses that ban tobacco
The Daily News Journal - June 19, 2014

In less than two weeks, all Motlow College campuses will become tobacco- and smoke-free. Last month, college officials adopted a policy restricting the use of all forms of tobacco products, even smokeless electronic cigarettes, beginning July 1. The policy does allow the use of tobacco products in private vehicles.

East Ridge votes to ban e-cigarettes in city buildings
WRCB-TV - June 13, 2014

East Ridge is one step closer to prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes inside its publicly-owned buildings. In a unanimous vote at its Thursday meeting, the City Council approved an ordinance on first reading that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in city-owned or leased buildings. Currently, no rule prohibits the use of nicotine vaporizers in city buildings.

Tennessee issues Public Health Advisory on electronic cigarettes
Wgnsradio - June 11, 2014

Visitors to Tennessee Department of Health facilities across the state will see a prominently-displayed public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. The advisory, originally posted to the TDH website earlier this year, cautions about using the devices or being exposed to secondhand emissions…

Skillern Gives $50000 Of Discretionary Funds To Soddy Daisy For ...
The Chattanoogan - June 6, 2014

In her report, the mayor said she had been getting a lot of questions about E-cigarettes being used inside city-owned buildings. She said the vapor is offensive to ...

Former U.S. Rep. Hilleary endorses Tracy for Congress
The Daily News Journal - June 5, 2014

Among Tracy's legislation includes a law that requires restaurants to either be smoke-free or allow smokers and only allow patrons aged 21 and up to be present ...

State fair operator in line for five-year deal
The Tennessean – June 2, 2014

Byrd said the board also made an important decision last month when it voted to ban e-cigarettes at the fairgrounds. Tobacco cigarettes already were banned ...

Dress code policy gets tweaks
Crossville Chronicle - June 2, 2014

The tobacco-free schools policy now bans e-cigarettes, along with tobacco products. The compulsory attendance policy was amended to reflect changes ...

E-Cigs included in new "No Smoking Policy" at Motlow in Smyrna
Wgnsradio - June 1, 2014

All Motlow College campuses will become “tobacco-free / no-smoking” beginning July 1, 2014, college officials recently announced. Motlow has campuses in ...

Smoke-Free Knoxville to hold recruitment event
Knoxville Daily Sun – May 31, 2014

2 days ago - KNOXVILLE — Smoke-Free Knoxville is holding a membership recruitment event on Friday, June 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Knox County

Cambridge Square Welcomes New Cigar, Spirits, And Savories ...
The Chattanoogan - May 29, 2014

The space will also be equipped with a state-of-the-art ventilation system to allow non-smokers to enjoy the space without feeling overwhemed by the cigar ...

Motlow College to become tobacco-free July 1
Tullahoma News and Guardian - May 29, 2014

... products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff, as well as smokeless electronic cigarettes and other similar devices.

County focused on three key issues
Cleveland Daily Banner - May 28, 2014

... use of tobacco products, and the use of vapor products, including but not limited to electronic cigarettes in all buildings owned and leased by Bradley County.”

The economy, e-cigarettes and local business policies
Nooga.com - May 28, 2014

Local restaurateur Dimitris Agrafiotis, a vaping advocate who has started a nonprofit to educate people about the benefits of e-cigarettes, said that businesses might benefit if employees switched from traditional cigarettes to the electronic version. "If people are getting off cigarettes and not getting cancer, [they are] not going to be overloading the health system," he said. But not all local company leaders are convinced.

To vape or not to vape? Locals debate e-cigarettes
Nooga.com - May 27, 2014

In February, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and listed nine bullets of information that users should ...

Commission clears the air
Cleveland Daily Banner - May 22, 2014

“East Ridge is a city charter and [as such has] the ability to pass ordinances and bans,” Lowe said. “This Commission hasn't passed a ban in its history and ...

E-cigarette vendors voice prohibition concerns to Bradley Co. commissioners
WRCB-TV - May 20, 2014

Last week, County Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones announced plans to consider banning the use of e-cigarettes in county government buildings.

Bradley County eyes crackdown on vaping, e-cigarettes
Chattanooga Times Free Press - May 19, 2014

CLEVELAND, Tenn. The Bradley County Commission is preparing to consider imposing restrictions on the smoking of e-cigarettes on county properties where tobacco use now is prohibited.

Local restaurants debate electronic cigarettes [VIDEO]
WBIR-TV - May 13, 2014

Both Blount and Cumberland County schools are banning e-cigarettes, but there are also talks of banning them at restaurants. Restaurant owners and managers said similar things; it's good people are quitting cigarettes, but it's hard to ban them without any regulation. They say there is a tipping point with the devices.

Local doctor weighs in on e-cigarette debate [VIDEO]
WRCB-TV - May 12, 2014

JASPER, TN (WRCB) - A local community wants e-cigarettes banned anywhere tobacco is banned. Next month the East Ridge City Council will discuss whether e-cigarette smokers have to follow the same "no smoking" rules as everyone else...

Blount bars e-cigarettes in schools
The Daily Times - May 12, 2014

Blount County Schools has prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes on its buses and campuses. During Thursday's meeting, Blount County Board of Education ...

Councilman Proposes E-Cig Ban in City Buildings
WTVC - May 11, 2014

"If they take electronic cigarettes out of the equation as well then that's no rights at all for anyone with a nicotine addiction." Councilman Gravitt also explains ...

Fresh and Fit: Let's talk about e-cigarettes
Nooga.com - May 11, 2014

Over the past few months, I've noticed that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigs, personal vaporizers, etc.) have become all the rage in Chattanooga.

Rutherford, Sumner, other jails allow e-cigarettes
The Tennessean - May 5, 2014

Jails in Tennessee including Sumner and Rutherford counties are allowing inmates to smoke electronic cigarettes behind bars to help pacify what can be a rowdy population, but also as a revenue source. These disposable e-cigarettes, which usually cost the inmates between $9 and $15 each, contain no tobacco but instead use a low-voltage battery to deliver the key chemical in cigarettes, nicotine, while emitting only water vapor.

E-cigs could be banned from Shelby County buildings
Memphis Commercial Appeal - April 27, 2014

CreateACig employee Troy Waterman advertises the store's wares on the sidewalk last December. Users of e-cigarettes, or vaporizers, can satisfy their nicotine ...

Lawmaker pushes for tougher e-cigarette regulations
WMC-TV - April 27, 2014

E-cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under 18 in Tennessee, but Basar wants .... these folks from some of their deceptive advertising practices," added Basar.

County gets $36K in tobacco funds
Shelbyville (TN) Times-Gazette - April 24, 2014

Bedford County Health Department has received $36,611 from the state's tobacco settlement money to help reduce preschoolers' exposure to second-hand smoke. Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for Tennessee Department of Health, made the presentation ...

New Shop Aims To Help Smokers Become 'Vapers'
Greeneville Sun - April 24, 2014

Jonathan Pitt, owner of Greeneville Vapor Shop and Lounge, stands in his East Bernard Avenue business. Various types of electronic cigarettes are shown in ...

E-cigs will be included in new school tobacco policy [VIDEO]
WBIR-TV - April 23, 2014

Cumberland County High School said e-cigarettes have been a growing problem for them this year. The device heats up a liquid to give off vapor instead of ...

Policy looks at e-cig use
Crossville Chronicle - April 21, 2014

Also, while some e-cigarettes deliver vaporized nicotine, others have no nicotine ... Claflin noted that possession of alcohol by a minor was a criminal offense.

Organization makes cents
Daily Helmsman - April 17, 2014

“It'll be a chill spot that will be a smoke-free bench, since most the benches are designated smoke areas now.” According to Brandon, the proposed tree and ...

Mobile devices allowed at schools 'within reason'
Shelbyville Times-Gazette - April 17, 2014

The board also modified its Tobacco Free Schools policy to also ban electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers. Rutherford County and Murfreesboro schools ...

Nipping electric cigarettes in the bud
Advocateanddemocrat - April 16, 2014

MADISONVILLE-The use of smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes has been rising rapidly and is now becoming an issue in school systems across the ...

Anderson County receives $64600 in funding to reduce tobacco use
Oak Ridge Today - April 16, 2014

CLINTON- Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner visited the Anderson County Health Department on Friday to present $64,600 in funding as part of the Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program.

Gold Strike to hold job fair on Thursday
Memphis Commercial Appeal - April 15, 2014

However, smoking will continue to be allowed in other areas of the casino. ... the casinos still operate, and must keep resumes on file to fill vacancies as they ...

E-cigarette stores opening in Knoxville
Knoxville daily sun - April 13, 2014

All of our retail associates are trained in how to use and maintain e-cigs and accessories, he said. Our staff is always prepared to demonstrate the technology ...

East TN jails say e-cigarettes help keep order
WRCB-TV April 6, 2014

At least two East Tennessee jails have started allowing inmates to smoke electronic cigarettes, saying they cut down on disturbances and a contraband trade in regular cigarettes.

E-cigarette sales to boost revenues at county jail
Elk Valley Times - April 2, 2014

Revenue generated by selling the e-cigarettes will be earmarked for the sheriff's department and jail budgets and used at the sheriff's discretion, as long it's not ...

E-cigs offer loophole to Tech's nonsmoking policy
Tennessee Tech Oracle - March 27, 2014

Smoking cigarettes has become more taboo than trendy, and the habit is rather expensive to keep up. Tech passed a campus rule in 2010 stating that tobacco ...

Health, taxation concerns envelop fast-growing e-cigarette industry
Chattanooga Times Free Press - March 25, 2014

...As of January, 108 municipalities and three states included e-cigarettes as products that are prohibited from use in smoke-free environments, according to the nonprofit Americans for Non-smokers Rights. ...

Main Street lighting debated in Pleasant View
The Tennessean - March 20, 2014

A resolution to adopt a new personnel policy for the town with regard to tobacco use was also approved, with e-cigarettes added in by the city attorney. ...

Act locally to stop tobacco use by kids
The Tennessean - March 19, 2014

We need to have more smoke free places, and we need to prevent tobacco addiction for people who are more likely to start and less likely to quit. Even though ...

Smoking still a real concern
The Tennessean - March 19, 2014

Although e-cigarettes carry a risk of nicotine addiction, many states do not restrict their sale to minors. A recent study found that the use of e-cigarettes doubled ...

Gold Strike Casino debuts smoke-free gaming floor
Memphis Commercial Appeal - March 13, 2014

GSC is converting its second floor gaming space to a smoke-free area. ... appease its current gamers and win new ones, Gold Strike Casino is going smoke-free.

Riverbend should follow CVS Caremark's example in recent tobacco ...
Nooga.com - March 10, 2014

Good for CVS Caremark! They will stop selling the No. 1 preventable cause of death: cigarettes. Its a smart move. Smoking is in great decline. The risks of exposure to secondhand smoke (yes, even outdoors) are known. Every exposure causes some harm. But changing community "norms" is difficult. Isnt it time for corporate sponsors of Riverbend and health-concerned board members to speak up and make the festival healthier for nonsmoking attendees (80 percent of the total)? Officials have been saying "were ahead" and "making progress," while little has changed. Limiting smoking to designated areas away from the public is not too much to ask of smokers....

Questions linger over e-cigarettes
The Tennessean - March 6, 2014

If you want to use e-cigarettes at Vanderbilt University these days, you'll need to go to a designated smoking area. Last month, the second-largest private ...

Safety of e-cigarettes needs to be studied more
Johnson City Press (subscription) - February 17, 2014

Perhaps Tennessee lawmakers should follow the lead of their counterparts in Ohio, who are moving passage of legislation to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18. Tennessee legislators should also look to clarify the statewide public smoking ban by specifically including e-cigs in the measure...

State Health Department issues advisory for e-cigarettes
WATE-TV - February 14, 2014

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Health is warning the public about the possible dangers of e-cigarettes. This week officials issued a public ...

Tenn. Health Department issues warning on e-cigarettes
WBIR-TV - February 11, 2014

A new device is getting a new public health warning. The Tennessee Department of Health issued a health advisory Tuesday on electronic cigarettes.

CVS Stores Closing Doors to Tobacco Products; Local Impact on Farmers--Mikayla Lewis
WZTV Fox 17 (Nashville, TN) - February 6, 2014

Corbin has continued to farm tobacco after three generations in his family in Robertson County. Corbin says the number of tobacco farmers dropped after the tobacco buyout nearly a decade ago. He says CVS's decision should not impact his business directly.

University's tobacco ban expanded
easttennessean.com (subscription) - February 2, 2014

East Tennessee State Universitys no-smoking policy now prohibits the use of any form of tobacco, any other substances that are lit and smoked, and the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices which simulate smoking. Until fall 2013, the ETSU tobacco-free policy was plagued by non-compliance and inadequate enforcement, said Hadii Mamudu, assistant professor of public health and a member of ETSUs Tobacco Policy Research Program Project Team. Therefore, to ensure smooth implementation of the policy and to pre-empt problems in dealing with the use of other tobacco products and [e-cigarettes] in the future, it became prudent to expand the policy to include all smoked, smokeless and lit tobacco products. Tobacco-free policies, like ETSUs, are not unusual for other college and university campuses. Many schools are striving to establish and enforce smoking bans...

Safety Of E-Cigs Still Up For Debate
wreg.com - January 30, 2014

“There are a proportion of the teenage population that are not trying e-cigs as an alternative to tobacco because they are addicted and trying something else, but ...

In rural jails, e-cigarettes are a calming vapor
NewsOK.com - January 24, 2014

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. As city governments and schools across the country move to ban or restrict the use of electronic cigarettes, one place increasingly ...

E-Cigarettes May Be Allowed at Lauderdale County Jail
Shoals Insider - December 16, 2013

Wayne County TN Sheriff Ric Wilson said his department started their own e-cig program about a month and a half ago, and so far he said they haven't had any ...

More Knoxville bars going smoke free
WATE-TV - December 2, 2013

KNOXVILLE (WATE) The list of bars where you can't smoke is getting longer. Bailey's Sports Grille announced that they'll be going smoke free on January 1st.

heriff introduces the use of electronic cigarettes for inmates
The Tomahawk - November 6, 2013

At the Johnson County Jail, smoking has gone smokeless. Beginning in early August, Sheriff Mike Reece instituted the use of electronic cigarettes within the jail.

Bars, stores cater to e-cigarette army
Nashville Ledger newspaper - October 31, 2013

With online sales booming and brick-and-mortar e-cigarette retail stores popping up in Middle Tennessee, Russell Cunningham wanted a slice of the business - despite never vaping or smoking.

What's next for e-cigarette fans FDA regulation or business boom?
Nashville Ledger newspaper - October 31, 2013

Beaming blue lights in the midst of odorless vapors are setting a smokeless firestorm amongst lawmakers, health officials and the advocates for electronic cigarettes.

Unicoi sheriff proposes selling e-cigarettes to inmates at jail
Johnson City Press (subscription) - October 27, 2013

However, the Unicoi County Commission will consider an agreement today that may allow the Sheriff's Department to sell electronic cigarettes to inmates ...

Erlanger Health System to go smoke-free
WRCB-TV - October 21, 2013

Erlanger Health System will join numerous other local companies, including health care providers, in going smoke-free, executives announced today. The use of ...

New policy renders Vol State a tobacco-free campus
The Settler - September 19, 2013

Beginning Jan. 1, a new policy regarding tobacco use will take effect at Volunteer State Community College. According to the new policy, the usage of all tobacco or tobacco-like products will only be permitted in the parking lot areas 50 feet from any building.

PAYKAMIAN: Stricter smoking ban is overzealous, unnecessary
The East Tennessean (East Tennessee State University) - September 10, 2013

It would be even better to help keep our campus cleaner by putting ashtrays scattered in different places across the campus. Not only will students find the current system arbitrary, they will utterly refuse to comply and find other places to hoard ...

No smoking policy now enforced
easttennessean.com (subscription) - September 5, 2013

East Tennessee State Universitys no smoking policy will be more strictly enforced this semester.

Smoking opponents take fight outside in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press August 15, 2013

More than 800 U.S. cities have banned smoking in public parks, according to an April list from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based nonprofit ...

TN Sheriff Plans to Fund Raises by Selling 'E-Cigs'
ABC6OnYourSide.com - August 7, 2013

MACON Co., Tennessee (Derek Drake) -- County Sheriff Mark Gammons has a controversial plan to help fund raises for his corrections officers. According to the Macon County Times, Gammons has decided to sell his inmates electronic cigarettes. He predicts he can raise $50,000 a year in revenue by selling these items for $13.50 a piece.

Chattanooga landlords move to ban smoking in rental units amid growing concerns of third-hand smoke
Chattanooga Times Free Press - July 21, 2013

Phil McKenzie signed a yearlong lease but is moving out of his Chattanooga apartment four months early because he and his girlfriend just can't deal with the neighbors. Smoke-free apartment complexes like the one McKenzie plans to move into are becoming more common across the United States as a growing number of apartment owners ban tenants from lighting up in their units. "It's definitely a nationwide trend," said Bronson Frick, associate director at Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "There is a lot more awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke inside the housing complexes and there is a growing action across the country to get the smoke outside." And with about 1,400 new apartments in the pipeline for Chattanooga, it's a trend that could soon sweep through the Scenic City. "Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance, it is a health hazard," Frick said. "And in an apartment building, there is shared air. So unlike a neighbor playing drums downstairs at three in the morning, this can actually affect the health of tenants."

Chattanooga festival expands smoke-free zone
WBIR-TV - May 20, 2013

Friends of the Festival President Chip Baker says informing people of the restrictions will be a process. If someone lights up in a non-smoking area, the smoker ...

Riverbend limits smokers to designated areas
Chattanooga Times Free Press - May 20, 2013

He said he would like to see smoking banned in all public areas and pointed out that River City Co., which manages Miller Plaza, last year banned smoking at ...

Tobacco Free Chattanooga Commends Friends Of The Festival
The Chattanoogan - May 20, 2013

Tobacco Free Chattanooga commends the decision by Friends of the Festival to designate smoking zones for the 2013 Riverbend Festival. The Festival’s recent policy change on the website states, "Riverbend has designated smoking areas. Please refrain from smoking unless you are in one of seven areas designated for smokers."

Kingsport bans all forms of smoking at school games
Johnson City Press (subscription)-May 5, 2013

KINGSPORT — There'll be no more blowing smoke at Dobyns-Bennett High School football games, even if it is water vapor from an electronic cigarette.

Hookah cafe coming to Tullahoma
Tullahoma News and Guardian-May 5, 2013

tobacco) to clientele 18 and older. ... “Eighty percent of our clientele are already cigarette or pot smokers…you might ... However, smoking hookah is not a safe alternative to cigarettes, according to ...

Smoking ban proposal at Union City parks discussed by council
Weakley County Press - March 20, 2013

A proposal to stop smoking in all of Union City’s parks drew the most attention at the Union City Council meeting Tuesday night. City manager Kathy Dillon said the suggestion to ban smoking in the parks came up during the council’s orientation session.
She said the proposal is for the city to make all the city’s parks no smoking areas from “wall to wall” in every park. Councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison said he has been thinking about it and does not think the city should close the entire park system. He suggested there be designated areas for smoking, possibly the parking lots. …

Tennessee Kids Will 'Kick Butts' on Wednesday, March 20
Knoxville daily sun - March 16, 2013

On Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free. ... This year on Kick Butts Day, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is highlighting the ...

Smoking policy updated
East Tennessean - February 4, 2013

East Tennessee State University passed a policy Aug. 11, 2008, making its campus tobacco free. The smoking policy excluded smoking and all other tobacco usage except if only used in the privacy of individuals’ vehicles. The policy was applied to all university buildings; grounds; ETSU-affiliated, off-campus locations; clinics; any buildings owned, leased and/or rented by ETSU in all other areas; and all ETSU facilities located on the campus of the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.
On Dec. 6, 2012, the ETSU Tobacco-Free Policy Implementation and Compliance Task Group issued a final report updating the smoking policy. … After reviewing these other institutions’ policies the task force developed recommendations in the areas of marketing and awareness, enforcement and compliance, measurement of program success/failure and educational resources/cessation. …

Smokers need designated areas
East Tennessean - February 3, 2013

So, the “smoking ban” is once again making its rounds through the student ... but nobody in their right mind would restrict your choice to do so if you want to (I ...

EDITORIAL: Extend ban on smoking to counties
Clarksville (TN) Leaf Chronicle - Nov 11, 2012

Tenn. counties should have right to create smoke-free campuses ...

Editorial: Study shows smoke-free laws are improving people's health
The Mountain Press (Tennessee) - November 5, 2012

When Tennessee joined most other states five years ago with a law to limit public places where people can smoke, it was criticized in some quarters as government intruding into people’s personal behavior and private activities. Now we can report that such laws can have a noticeable and positive effect on one’s health. … About 3,600 municipalities have laws on the books that restrict where people may smoke, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, with more than 1,000 including a smoke-free provision of some kind. Tennessee’s law says public places, with a few exceptions like motels and nursing homes, must be smoke-free unless they restrict admission to those 21 and over. Most hotels have gone-smoke free even though they can set aside some rooms for smokers. In Sevier County you’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that allows smoking, but they do exist. …

Healthy Memphis: Studies prove swift health improvement after ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal - November 5, 2012

Tennessee's smoke-free workplace laws exempt many places such as adult bars, casinos and some restaurants. Exceptions include private clubs and ...

Nashville's public housing goes smoke free
WDEF News 12 - September 1, 2012

(AP) ­ Nashville's Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency says a new policy to ban smoking inside their high rise residence buildings will go into effect ...

East Ridge Approves Partial Smoking Ban, OKs Land Deal
The Chattanoogan - July 27, 2012

In a meeting that lasted over three hours, the East Ridge City Council on Thursday night approved a partial smoking ban for city property and okayed a land deal ...

East Ridge council votes to ban tobacco, extended stay motels
WRCB-TV - July 27, 2012

In a lengthy council meeting, East Ridge officials voted on several items Thursday evening, touching on the tobacco ban and a ban on extended stay motels. ...

Smoke-Free Knoxville Coalition seeks new members
Knoxville News Sentinel - July 24, 2012

Smoke-Free Knoxville Coalition will have a membership recruitment and orientation breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Miller Building at Ijams Nature ...

Vote to ban tobacco in East Ridge delayed
WRCB-TV - June 29, 2012

We are no closer to finding out if you'll have to put your cigarette out in East Ridge.
Thursday night city leaders tabled the vote to keep smoking and all other tobacco usage off East Ridge city property. …

Spring Hill Passes Ban On Smoking In Parks
NewsChannel5.com - June 19, 2012

Spring Hill has passed an ordinance that would allow police to fine people for smoking in a city park. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the ordinance ...

Smoking Could Be Banned in Spring Hill Parks
NewsChannel5.com (TN) - June 18, 2012

On Monday, the mayor and alderman will vote on a proposal to ban smoking in ... Nashville News,

East Ridge Smoking & Tobacco Ban Angers Residents
WTVC NewsChannel 9 (Chattanooga, TN) - Jun 15, 2012

The City Council voted in favor of the ban Thursday night, which would make smoking and using tobacco prohibited on city property.

The East Ridge Tobacco Restriction Is Right On Target - And ...
The Chattanoogan June 18, 2012

This is not an ordinance about second-hand smoke because this bans all tobacco products on all city property. There are city policies on the books that ban ...

LETTERS: Dodging The Smokers - And Response
Chattanoogan.com - June 18, 2012

Re" Roy Exum column on smoking bans: Roy, I just read your recent "Opinion" in the Chattanoogan and feel that I must comment. Two points to consider:

Roy Exum: What Smoking Bans Really Do
Chattanoogan.com - Jun 17, 2012

Kim White, in suggesting smoking be banned at other sites in the city, said city leaders might be "very surprised" at the residents' response to a smoking ban. Perhaps she will be "very surprised" to know . . . I muttered "What an idiot … " and my dog Sco

LETTER: Dodging The Smokers
Chattanoogan.com - Jun 17, 2012

Re" Roy Exum column on smoking bans: . . . How do you or any other smoker feel that it is your right to determine when and how much smoke is to be inhaled by others around you?

Park tobacco ban to now target smoking only
The Tennessean June 12, 2012

An alderman proposing a ban on tobacco use in Spring Hill parks will now target smoking only.

Fears about Olive Branch tobacco ban go up in smoke
Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal - Jun 10, 2012

Restaurant managers report that the air is clear and the customers happy a year after Olive Branch passed a smoking ban at eateries. ...

Tobacco ban eyed in East Ridge
Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 29, 2012

... More than 600 U.S. cities have banned smoking in public parks, according to an April list from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based nonprofit. The only Tennessee town on the list is Johnson City. "Tennessee is much more far behind the country on the rest of this issue," said Bronson Frick, associate director of the nonsmokers' rights group. ...

Miller Plaza goes smoke free June 1
WRCB-TV (TN) - May 29, 2012

"We have received many requests from the public to make Miller Plaza smoke free and believe it is important to demonstrate our support of a healthier and ...

Nightfall joins Riverbend, bans smoking
WRCB-TV May 27, 2012

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Two weeks ago, Dorothy Caplenor tried to evade tendrils of cigarette smoke at a Friday night Nightfall concert ...

East Ridge may make city property tobacco-free
WRCB-TV - May 13, 2012

East Ridge parks, recreational fields, courts and public safety stations soon may be smoke-free after city officials asked for an ordinance to be drawn up prohibiting all forms of tobacco on city property. ... Gobble said Friday he was drawing up two versions of an ordinance: One would make all city property tobacco-free, and the other would allow for designated smoking areas. …

Tobacco ban gets a face lift: Smoking sections?
easttennessean.com (subscription) - March 1, 2012

… Recent concerns have been raised regarding the smoking situation on the campus of ETSU. Legislation is currently being considered by the SGA that would include setting up designated smoking areas around campus. …

Sam's Sports Grill goes smoke-free
The Tennessean – February 29, 2012

…The change is based mainly on the results of months of polling through customer surveys and social media, said the bar’s owner, Sam Sanchez. The result: 81 percent of people polled said they didn’t go to Sam’s because of the people smoking around them. Even 44 percent of smokers polled said they’d rather hang out in a smoke-free bar. “We just could not ignore the data we got,” said Sanchez, who opened the bar 12 years ago. “It was such a shocking number. Then, we started really paying attention to all our reviews online. Again, people liked the bar, but didn’t like the smoke.” …

No action on voting law
Jackson Sun (TN) - November 9, 2011

Council members struck from the agenda an ordinance to prohibit smoking on or near hospital grounds. Gist said city officials plan to gather more research ...

Blount Memorial expands smoke-free policy
Knoxville News Sentinel - Carly Harrington - March 24, 2010

KNOXVILLE -- Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville announced today that it will expand a pending employee ban on smoking to include patients and visitors.

The policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011, is part of a joint effort with other area health-care systems that pledged earlier this year to restrict tobacco use among employees. ...

Five hospitals to become tobacco-free workplaces in Jan. 2011
Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel, 2010-01-28
Kristi L. Nelson

Surgical technician Carole Smith, 45, has smoked for 20 years. When she started working at East Tennessee Children's Hospital three months ago, she already wanted to quit the cigarettes.

But a new policy leaves her no choice - at least, during the workday. On Wednesday morning, Children's Hospital and all other Knoxville-area hospital systems - Covenant Health, Mercy Health Partners, University of Tennessee Medical Center and Maryville's Blount Memorial Hospital - united to announce that their facilities will be "smoke-free workplaces" by Jan. 1, 2011.

Right now, that means only that employees won't be allowed to use tobacco products at the hospitals or their affiliates. Patients and visitors will still have the right to smoke in designated smoking areas. But administrators acknowledge the employee policy, which all could agree on, is "the first step" toward completely "smoke-free" campuses; individual hospitals will choose their own timetables to take the initiative further. ...

VIDEO: New Push To Ban Smoking In Bars
NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, TN), 2009-12-29
Scott Arnold

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A local group is pushing to pass laws that will end smoking in bars and dictate where people can smoke outside.
Shelley Courington is with a group called CHART. They're about to start lobbying state lawmakers to ban smoking in bars. They're also pushing to keep smokers from lighting up within 25 feet of a building.
"We have to have a healthy safe workforce in Tennessee. We have to make it safe for our workers, no matter what," said Courington.

There's obvious resistance to the idea, but CHART claims they have new data from the Institute of Medicine. It shows when you reduce exposure to second hand smoke, you directly reduce your heart attack and stroke rates. ...

Guest editorial: Kill exemptions and save lives
The Tennessean - William S. Paul - December 15, 2009

As communities across the United States and the world have banned indoor smoking, they have saved lives. This is not just some theoretical, mathematical projection of reduced future cancer deaths. It is an immediate, significant drop in heart attacks.

In Pueblo, Colo., heart attacks dropped 41 percent after a smoking ban, while a nearby county without a ban had only a 4 percent decline. In Helena, Mont., heart attacks dropped 40 percent with a ban and then rose 46 percent when opponents succeeded in getting the ban suspended. Looking at 11 studies of heart attacks after smoking bans, researchers at the University of Kansas found the risk of acute myocardial infarction dropped 17 percent overall. They found younger people and nonsmokers benefited the most and that the reductions continued in subsequent years. The Institute of Medicine — an independent, unbiased organization — put together a group of experts to carefully review the evidence, and the committee agreed that indoor smoking bans cause a decline in heart attacks. ...

Guest edtiorial: Think of staff at smoky bars
The Tennessean - Shelley Courington - December 15, 2009

Many smokers and even nonsmokers wonder why there is a push to strengthen Tennessee's anti-smoking laws.

They argue that many restaurants are already smoke-free and that adults should be able to choose whether to go to a 21-and-up establishment that allows smoking. What they don't take into account are the people — moms, dads, sons and daughters — who provide for themselves and their families by working in 21-and-up restaurants. These Tennesseans are exposed to the secondhand smoke of their customers day in and day out, and though they might prefer to work in a healthier environment, in today's economy there aren't a lot of opportunities. Instead, they settle for working in a harmful environment. ...

Exemptions to smoking ban put health at risk
The Tennessean - December 15, 2009

Tennessee, if you haven't already heard, has the fourth-highest rate of lung cancer in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and almost 10,000 people in Tennessee die from smoking-related causes each year.

That's way too many, and that is exactly why state lawmakers should extend a ban on smoking to places such as over-21 venues that now are exempt from a law passed in 2007 banning smoking in most workplaces.

"There literally are hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who are healthier and tens of thousands who do not have lung cancer or heart disease because they now get to breathe clean air,'' State Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, told a Tennessean reporter recently. "Yet other Tennesseans are still at great risk, and that's simply not right.'' ...

VIDEO: Talk of a Broader Smoking Ban Gets Support
NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, TN), 2009-12-06
Brent Frazier

The new year could bring new restrictions to Tennessee's existing ban on indoor smoking. Some Nashville restaurant and bar owners, who currently do not allow smoking inside their establishments, support banning all indoor smoking entirely, saying it would even up the playing field as merchants compete for business.

"Smokers and non smokers will all be sitting at the same bar together, in harmony, at some point very soon," said Josef Gutzmirtl, senior director of operations for the company that owns Beyond the Edge, a neighborhood grill and bar in East Nashville.

Beyond the Edge, in 2007, switched to a "21 and older only" clientele, per the law that allowed the establishment to remain smoking permitted. Still, Gutzmirtl is one of those managers who says an across the board ban on all indoor smoking would again put merchants on an even keel, competitively. ...

MTSU market will take hit with tobacco-sale ban
The Tennessean, 2009-09-26
Doug Davis * GANNETT TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Board of Regents voted to ban the sale of all tobacco products from all institutions in the TBR system.

MTSU is believed to be the last TBR campus allowing the sale of tobacco products.

"All of our TBR buildings have gone smoke-free," said David Gregory, TBR vice chancellor of administration and facilities development. "It is somewhat inconsistent, then, to sell tobacco."

Ron Ellis, who works at the Chick-fil-A in Keathley University Center, said the ban on tobacco sales at Dwight's is going to be "rough."

"I come in here every day to get cigars," Ellis said, as he bought a couple from student store clerk Rami Abounassif.

The removal of tobacco products from the shelves of the convenience store could take away 40 percent of Johnson's sales. ...

Tennessee State Fair turns green
The Tennessean - Will Ayers - September 11, 2009

The midway has changed for the first time in 19 years. Mississippi-based North American Midway Entertainment will bring new rides, starched uniforms and smoke-free policy to the fairgrounds. ...

City board grants beer permit
State Gazette - September 9, 2009

Recreation Chairman Shannon Walker also shared the minutes of a committee meeting held on Sept. 1 beefing up nonsmoking regulations at activity centers and recreation centers throughout the city. Walker moved to accept the committee's recommendation to ban smoking inside buildings, dugouts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts and ball fields and within 50 feet of building entrances and bleachers. Smoking is allowed in other areas of the parks, including the pavilions. Bart Williams added a second and the motion passed unanimously. ...

White Bluff considers smoking ban
The Tennessean, 2009-05-07
Kim Leady For the Herald

White Bluff wrestled with the issue of public smoking on city property following complaints made to Vice Mayor Jeff Martin and Councilman Dale Whitfield concerning Veterans Park.

"From the standpoint of a safety and health issue of our kids in our parks and just a cleanliness issue, I would like the council to discuss designating all town-owned, public-used property as no-smoking areas," Martin said.

The list of city-owned properties include the Jennie Woodworth Library, City Hall, White Bluff Community Center, Veterans Park, the sewage plant, the fire house and the Field of Dreams playground. However, because of the playground's wooden structure, the area is already designated as non-smoking. The ban would cover both inside and outside areas of the said properties.

Martin said, along with the mother who had an asthma attack while watching her child's ballgame at Veterans Park, he noticed all the cigarette butts scattered around town while he participated in the Great American Clean Up. ...

No Fines For Drivers Smoking With Kids In The Car
AP, 2009-04-02

For now, there will be no fines for Tennessee drivers smoking with children in the car, as two proposals with that aim failed in Nashville.

One bill was withdrawn from consideration in the House General Subcommittee of Agriculture on Wednesday, and the other failed for lack of a motion.

Bill would prevent fine for no anti-smoking sign
AP, 2009-03-06

A proposal that would prevent establishments from being fined for not posting a no-smoking sign is advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Dewayne Bunch, a Cleveland Republican, passed the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee 6-2 on Tuesday. The companion bill has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee.

Public smoking ban helps high numbers of people to quit
Jackson (TN) Sun, 2008-10-13

The Non-Smoker Protection Act - the state-wide smoking ban - requires all public places, including restaurants, to be smoke-free indoors. The exception to the ban includes businesses that limit access to people ages 21 and older at all times.

This includes restaurants with bars, chain and hotel restaurants.

Womack, 55, said there was some struggle in making the decision to stop.

"I know I needed to quit because of health issues," she said. "But that's easier said than done. All of my friends smoke, so it's been harder to be out with them."

The number of people interested in quitting tobacco use has continued to grow since the ban went into effect last year, said Jennifer Price, tobacco health educator for the state's health department.



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