Press Releases

5/11/2016, Tobacco Free Florida Exposes the Risks of Secondhand Smoke

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.

4/18/2016, Cigarette Litter Remains a 1.69 Billion Pound Problem

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.

4/15/2016, Youth Tobacco & Nicotine Use Continues to Rise

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.

2/16/2016, Smokeless Tobacco use Remains High

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.