Sep. 27 2019

History of Tobacco Impacting African-American Communities

  Seeing Through the Haze   For decades, the tobacco industry has regularly used popular African-American culture as a way to boost sales. They poured millions of dollars into targeted marketing campaigns to get minorities, especially African-American youth, to begin a potentially deadly addiction to smoking.1,2 Sadly, this continues even today. Tobacco companies are targeting […]

Sep. 03 2019

Investigation Updates

Last updated: 1:33 p.m. ET on 9/30/19   This page is dedicated to providing the public with real-time updates regarding the recent federal and state investigations into the rise in pulmonary illnesses possibly related to the use of electronic cigarettes, or “vaping”. 9/27/19 – Update to CDC Investigation Notice: Outbreak of Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using […]

Apr. 21 2019

E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth

Updated: April 21, 2019   Youth vaping, or e-cigarette use, has increased dramatically across the country and in Florida. In September, the FDA officially declared youth vaping an epidemic and stated that flavors play an important role in driving the youth appeal.[1] In December, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory, in which HHS Secretary […]

Apr. 21 2019

E-Epidemia: Vapeo y Juventud

Actualizado: 21 de abril de 2019   El uso de cigarrillos electrónicos o vaporizadores por jóvenes se ha disparado. En septiembre, la FDA declaró oficialmente al uso juvenil de cigarrillos electrónicos como una epidemia e indicó que los sabores desempeñan un papel importante en el impulso del atractivo juvenil[1] En un aviso del Cirujano General […]

Apr. 04 2019

The History of Tobacco Companies Targeting Youth

Last Updated: April 4, 2019 A common misperception we often hear is that cigarette smoking is an adult choice. The reality is nearly all smokers started using the highly addictive product before they were adults. In fact, 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers start before they turn 18, and 98% first try smoking by age […]

Jan. 28 2019

Quitting Tobacco Takes Time… and Sometimes Several Attempts

Quitting smoking is a process, and for many people that process could take several attempts before quitting for good. If you slip or relapse, don’t get discouraged. You’re not alone. About half of quit attempts fail within the first week and most slips or relapses occur within the first three months after quitting. Smokers can […]

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 […]

Sep. 18 2018

How Tobacco Impacts the LGBTQ+ Community

For years, the LGBTQ+ community has 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 […]

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 […]