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Sep. 18 2018

HOW TOBACCO IMPACTS THE LGBT COMMUNITY

For years, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community have struggled with public acceptance and social stigma.  Conditions are slowly improving in our society, but unfortunately LGBT people still struggle with discrimination today. This added stress often leads people to pick up cigarette smoking as a method to cope.[1] Stress from social stigma is […]

May. 01 2018

YOUTH AND JUUL USE

On September 12, 2018, the FDA declared youth electronic cigarette use as an epidemic. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida supports the FDA’s action to protect our youth against nicotine addiction. Read our statement here. Electronic cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. E-cigarettes have a battery, a heating element and a place to hold […]

Oct. 31 2017

The Link Between African Americans and Menthol Cigarettes

If it seems like most smokers in black communities smoke menthol cigarettes, it’s not a coincidence. For years, the tobacco industry has heavily targeted African Americans with menthol cigarette marketing through culturally-tailored advertising images and messages.1,2 Their marketing has worked. In the U.S., nearly nine out of 10 black smokers aged 12 years and older […]

Nov. 02 2016

Smoking and Stress

Ask Floridians why they still smoke and you often hear that cigarette smoking “relieves stress.” While most people know the serious health risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting, giving up cigarettes as a way to cope with stress can be really tough. But Here’s the Truth About Smoking and Stress Tobacco use is […]

Sep. 16 2015

How to Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco

For decades, young people sneaking a cigarette or dip in the backyard out of their parents’ sight was dismissed as a rite of passage. But these exact moments are when tobacco use begins and for far too many kids, they lead to a lifetime of addiction. It may seem difficult to talk to your kids about tobacco, […]

Jan. 28 2015

Powerful Anti-Smoking Ad Campaigns Work

Hard-hitting anti-smoking media campaigns effectively raise awareness about the serious toll that tobacco use takes on one’s health and the many lives it affects. In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for about 480,000 deaths each year.1 For every person who dies, about 30 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from […]

Jun. 27 2014

What Tobacco Free Florida Can and Can’t Do

As a government agency, the Florida Department of Health and the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida cannot institute or advocate for new laws. We do, however, help inform the public about tobacco’s health risks and dangers, and local Tobacco Free Partnerships in each of Florida’s counties work to pass tobacco policies. While there is no […]

May. 16 2014

What Smoking Costs Employers

Smoking cigarettes comes with many steep costs. It costs many smokers their health, their money and their time with friends and family. And the consequences do not stop there; employers are paying the price as well. In Florida, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $19.6 billion, including […]

May. 16 2014

Going Smokefree: Good for Health, Good for Business

“Will this hurt my business?” It is the question that comes up quite often when business owners consider making their establishment smokefree. Years of analysis and research prove that the answer is no. In fact, eliminating secondhand smoke may lead to financial gains by improving the health of employees and reducing sick days and health […]

May. 16 2014

Statement from Florida’s State Surgeon General Regarding CVS Caremark Announcement

“I want to congratulate CVS Caremark for today’s bold decision that will lead to better health. Removing cigarettes from their more than 700 locations in Florida is welcome news for the families and communities of our state. I urge other retailers to follow suit and invest in the long term health of their customers and […]