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Tobacco is the common name of several plants in the genus Nicotiana of the family Solanaceae, and the general term for any product prepared from the cured leaves of these plants. The main psychoactive ingredient in tobacco is nicotine. Tobacco is used in a variety of products including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, vaping (see vaping), and more. 

Quick Facts

  • Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.

  • Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States.

  • The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on marketing cigarettes.

  • Smoking costs the United States hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

  • States do not spend much of the money they get from tobacco taxes and lawsuits to prevent smoking and help smokers quit. CDC recommends that states spend 12% of those funds on tobacco control.

  • In 2020, 12.5% of U.S. adults (an estimated 30.8 million people) currently smoked cigarettes: 14.1% of men, 11% of women.

  • Each day, about 1,600 youth try their first cigarette.

  • Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.

What POP is doing about it: 

  • Quit Kits are distributed in the community with resources to quit smoking tobacco. These kits include the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline, the effects of quitting, and mints to encourage tobacco smokers to quit.

  • Tennessee Tobacco Quitline is provided in resource packs. This line enables callers to talk with a counselor to create a personalized tobacco quitplan!


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