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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 […]

Sep. 12 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 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. Most […]

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 […]