Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 7-13 as Tobacco Free Florida Week. This year, the theme for the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Week is The Cost of Smoking, which focuses on what smoking costs Floridians — both physically and financially. The amount of money smokers spend can be significant. A pack-a-day smoker in Florida can spend more than $2,100 in just one year and more than $10,500 in five years.
Tobacco Free Florida’s efforts have helped reduce the state cigarette smoking rate to a record low. In Florida, 15.8 percent of adults (ages 18+) were current cigarette smokers in 2015, the latest data available. Florida ranked 16th among the states. While smoking in Florida is low overall, there are geographic and demographic inequalities across the state, as seen in the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report released today. Many of Florida’s rural counties had significantly higher smoking rates than the statewide average.
Ten years ago this month, Floridians voted overwhelmingly in support of a state constitutional amendment to fund a tobacco education and use prevention program, now known as Tobacco Free Florida. The program has resulted in a significant decrease in smoking rates among both adults and teens in the state, leading to billions of dollars and countless lives saved.
New Program and Ads Encourage Floridians to Quit Your Way.
Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but finding help should be. With its new Quit Your Way program, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is making it easier for tobacco users in the state to access the free and proven-effective resources available to all Floridians. This expansion of resources offers tobacco users interested in quitting access to free tools, including a 2-Week Starter Kit of nicotine replacement patches, Text2Quit, Email Tips and a Quit Guide. They can choose as many as they need or use them in addition to Tobacco Free Florida’s Phone, Group and Web Quit services, which have already helped more than 137,000 Floridians successfully quit.
Eighth Annual Tobacco Free Florida Week Aims to Break the Myth that Secondhand Smoke is Harmless.
Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 8 -14 as Tobacco Free Florida Week and to celebrate, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is launching a new initiative, Secondhand Smoke Exposed, to educate Floridians about the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Tobacco Free Florida Encourages Floridians to Play Their Part in Reducing Cigarette Litter.
This Earth Day, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Program reminds Floridians that cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, adding up to 1.69 billion pounds of toxic litter each year. On Friday, April 22, 2016, smokers can use this observance to consider what they can do to help the environment – including quitting tobacco use.
Statement from the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the use of e-cigarettes among youth in the United States increased from 2014 to 2015. Three million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, up from 2.46 million in 2014. Results from the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show that e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among middle school students (5.3 percent) and high school students (16 percent) for the second consecutive year.
Tobacco Free Florida is raising awareness during “Through with Chew Week”.
The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Program is raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco – like chew and dip – during Through With Chew Week. This national public awareness campaign was created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, and Tobacco Free Florida aims to help combat this deadly addiction. Through With Chew Week takes place Feb. 14-20, with the Great American Spit Out – a day when smokeless tobacco users join together to quit – on Feb.18.