About TTP


Tennessee Tobacco Program (TTP)  is a program of the Tennessee Department of Health that uses CDC evidence-based strategies to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related disease.

We invite you to get to know the Tennessee Tobacco Program, our approach, accomplishments, and barriers. Our local health departments, community and state organizations, researchers, and experts work together in delivering attention-getting messages and innovative health education programs to create a smoke free Tennessee.


The mission of the Tennessee Tobacco Program is to promote and protect the health and quality of life for Tennesseans.

Tennessee Tobacco Program Priorities

Tobacco use is a learned and socially mediated behavior. The goal of TTP is to change the social norms around tobacco use by:

  1. Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth
  2. Preventing the use of tobacco use among pregnant women
  3. Reducing the exposure of secondhand smoke
  4. Promoting tobacco cessation; and
  5. Reducing disparities in tobacco use.

Tobacco Use in Tennessee

The Toll of Tobacco in Tennessee

  • High school students who smoke: 11.5 % (38,700)
  • Male high school students who smoke cigars (female use much lower) 13.5%
  • High school students who use e-cigarettes 21.7%
  • Kids (under 18) who become new daily smoker each year 3,400
  • Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 11.5 million
  • Adults in Tennessee who smoke 21.9% (1,117,400)

The Health Impact of Tobacco in Tennessee

  • Proportion of cancer deaths in Tennessee attributed to smoking 32.9%
  • Adults who die each year from their own smoking 11,400
  • Kids now under 18 and alive in Tennessee who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 125,000

The Economic Impact of Tobacco in Tennessee

The economic and societal costs of smoking-related issues are staggering. Tennessee spends $2.67 billion annually in health care costs (this does not include exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, cigars, or electronic nicotine delivery systems). $823.6 million of these costs are covered by TennCare. $3.59 billion is attributed to smoking-caused productivity losses in Tennessee.