The council approved a resolution asking the Tennessee General Assembly to restore local control by repealing tobacco preemption in Tennessee following a presentation by American Cancer Society representative Sabrina Young, a native of McKenzie who now resides in Jackson.
stated, "We want to restore local control on tobacco products; it's the right thing to do."
quoted statistics that 34.81 percent of adults in Carroll County smoke, a rate she
said was higher than the state average, and that smoking causes a loss of $2.44 billion in productive losses across the state.
According to the American Lung Association
, 8,393 people in Carroll County
suffer from lung diseases.
stated the action is targeted not at non-smokers but smokers: "We don't want them smoking around non-smokers and endangering their health.
further stated ACS'
goal to block youth access to prevent youths from smoking.