Why not in Tennessee?
It's time to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean smoke-free air!
Cities and counties in Tennessee are restricted from placing regulations on tobacco and smoking that are stronger than state law. This means that even if a municipality recognizes the need to protect its citizens from the hazards of secondhand smoke by limiting smoking in public spaces, it cannot.
The evidence is clear:
- There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and, on average, children are exposed to more secondhand smoke than adults
- Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children
- Smoke-free laws reduce exposure to and protect people from secondhand smoke
- Strong laws increase quitting among current smokers and reduce health care costs
I urge the Tennessee General Assembly to repeal any preemption of local smoke-free air and other tobacco related laws, and restore the right of local governments to enact and enforce smoke-free and other tobacco-related laws.