ACS CAN supports the Department of Health proposed funding for prevention and cessation at $4 million annually as a vital first step to protect Tennessee’s youth from tobacco and help those already addicted to quit. This is especially important since Tennessee has the fifth highest adult smoking rate in the country is one of the only states that does not include recurring funding for such programs and given the rise in youth tobacco use, including the ongoing youth e-cigarette epidemic.
Tobacco Retailer Compliance and Enforcement:
ACS CAN supports legislation that creates a tobacco retailer license for all tobacco retailers including e-cigarette retailers. A tobacco retailer license must include active enforcement provisions such as compliance checks for all retailers and strong retailer penalties that include suspension and revocation for non-compliant retailers.
Access to Tobacco Cessation:
ACS CAN will advocate to maintain state funding for smoking cessation services for TennCare enrollees to help people who smoke, quit the addiction and reduce downstream tobacco-related health care costs.
ACS CAN will support legislation that creates an option for local authorities to pass smoke-free ordinances, to save lives and reduce the death and disease caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.