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Little Cigars are a Big Issue

The cigarette smoking rate has seen a huge drop over the years. In the 1950’s nearly half of all Americans had smoked cigarettes, today it’s fewer than 1 out of every 6 adults. This drop has come as we learn more about the health risks...

Join The Fight Against E-Cigarettes

Although the increase in youth e-cigarette use rates have slowed down, 25.6% of high schoolers and 9.1% of middle schoolers are still using e-cigarettes. Progress has been made, but the stakes are still high. It’s time to take action to end this epidemic. Check out...

Tobacco Is a Social Justice Issue

One of the major barriers to achieving social justice is tobacco use. For years, the tobacco industry disproportionately targeted specific populations, such as African Americans, the LGBTQ+ community and individuals of low socioeconomic status, leaving them to suffer the negative health consequences related to tobacco...

Tobacco Use and Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Recent news stories have discussed the potential connection between smoking and COVID-19. The scientific and medical community is learning more about the health implications smoking has on COVID-19, but there are reasons for concern. We do know that COVID-19 patients who smoke might be at...

Powerful Anti-Smoking Ad Campaigns Work

Can a graphic and emotional ad on TV really make a difference? The Florida Department of Health’s (FDOH) Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) campaign uses aggressive ads that show the human impact of smoking as part of a comprehensive program. FDOH and the Bureau of Tobacco...

About Laura Corbin, Bureau Chief

Laura Corbin is bureau chief of Tobacco Free Florida (TFF), the Florida Department of Health’s tobacco education, cessation and prevention program. As bureau chief, Corbin reports to the state surgeon general, who is also Florida’s secretary of health. Corbin was officially named to the position...

Additional Benefits to Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking has many benefits! Not only are you improving your health, you’re also saving money, feeling better, and improving relationships with loved ones around you. Check out all the ways you could benefit from quitting smoking below:...

Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Looking for tips to help you quit smoking? Having a plan and getting support can make it easier to quit tobacco. Below you will find resources to support you and tips that are proven to increase your chances of quitting. Remember your body begins to heal...

A Clear Picture: Graphic Warnings on Tobacco Packaging

In 2009, the United States Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act with overwhelming bipartisan support,[1],[2] signed into law by President Barack Obama. This law, among many other policies, directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue and enforce new regulations...

No Smoke, No Mirrors, Just Progress

In November 2006, Florida 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...

How Tobacco Impacts the LGBTQ+ Community

The LGBTQ+ community has been struggling with public acceptance and social stigma for years. Conditions are slowly improving in our society, but unfortunately LGBTQ+ people still face discrimination today. This added stress often leads people to pick up cigarette smoking as a way to cope....

Group Quit Calendar

The Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program has two types of courses to help you quit: single session (meeting once) and multisession (meeting once a week for several weeks). They will provide you with the valuable tools you need to help you quit tobacco....

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, it can be tough to give up cigarettes when used to cope with stress. ...

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...

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