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.