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Dec. 05 2018

No Smoke, No Mirrors, Just Progress.

In November 2006, Florida’s voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, establishing a comprehensive tobacco education and use prevention program. Further defined under Florida Statutes, the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida’s (BTFF) goals include reducing tobacco use, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and enforcing the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. The amendment instructs the state to create […]

Nov. 29 2018

Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida’s Statement Regarding Electronic Cigarette Use

Electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (also known as vaporizers, vape pens and e-hookahs) have dramatically grown in popularity over the past few years. Tobacco Free Florida is concerned about the increased use of e-cigarettes and the possible public health implications of this trend. E-cigarettes have not been approved as a quit aid […]

Sep. 18 2018

How Tobacco Impacts the LGBTQ+ Community

For years, the LGBTQ+ community have struggled with public acceptance and social stigma.  Conditions are slowly improving in our society, but unfortunately LGBTQ+ 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 just one of the reasons […]

Sep. 12 2018

Youth and E-cigarettes

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

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 […]