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Sen. Bill Frist talks COVID-19 and tobacco and e-cigarette use with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' Matt Myers
In this Issue:
 - Strengthening T-21 in Tennessee
 - Tobacco-Free Tennessee

 - COVID-19 Heat Map
 - Tracking COVID in Tennessee

- Response Fund Update

Strengthening T-21 in Tennessee


Evidence increasingly suggests people who smoke or vape are more likely to have complications or become severely ill and die from COVID-19 than non users. Even before coronavirus, smoking was the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. A 2019 statewide opinion poll showed Tennesseans strongly support tougher tobacco and e-cigarette legislation with nearly 80% of Tennesseans saying they are concerned about vaping and the use of e-cigarettes among young people.

NashvilleHealth and a coalition of more than 25 healthcare, business and education organizations came together this legislative session to support a bill sponsored by Rep. Robin Smith and Senator Shane Reeves to strengthen enforcement of the tobacco 21 law in Tennessee 

To learn more about smoking and vaping trends in Davidson County, explore data results from the
Nashville Community Health + Well-being Survey
The Tobacco-Free Tennessee Coalition (TFTN), administered by NashvilleHealth, is comprised of businesses, non-profit and government organizations that actively support the vision for a tobacco-free Tennessee. The Coalition, which meets quarterly, works to reduce tobacco use and its harmful effects on the citizens of Tennessee through education, policy, and advocacy. The next meeting will take place Thursday, June 11 at 9 a.m. via Zoom. To learn more, email here.
Davidson County COVID Heat Map

The density map below is created by the Metro Public Health Department each Monday and is available via the city's COVID-19 dashboard.
Tracking COVID in Tennessee
 
Each day, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide. In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how infection rates are changing, NashvilleHealth shares tracking updates and insights based on TDH data.

Data acquired from the
TDH Website, as of May 13 analyzed by Sajid Khan, Change Healthcare and NashvilleHealth Board.

*Total TN & Other County Cases Include Out Of State Cases Diagnosed in TN

Nashville Response Fund Update

United Way of Greater Nashville's annual Community Meeting featured the COVID-19 Response Fund and stories of strength, resilience and neighbors helping neighbors. NashvilleHealth Founder Bill Frist, M.D., chair of the fund, and eight panelists provided insight and critical information about the impact of COVID-19 in our region. Watch here.

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