Press Releases & STATEMENTS


On April 25, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced enforcement actions and a youth tobacco prevention plan to stop youth use and access to JUUL e-cigarettes.

03/28/2018, Tobacco Free Florida Looks At Disparities During TFF Week

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is launching a new initiative during of the annual Tobacco Free Florida Week, taking place April 2 – 8. The theme, Achieving Health Equity, raises awareness of tobacco-related health disparities throughout the state. Promoting health equity—each individual achieving optimal health—is a statewide priority highlighted in the state’s newly revised state health improvement plan.

01/25/2018, The State of Tobacco Control in Florida

On Jan. 24, the American Lung Association released the results of its annual report, “State of Tobacco Control 2018,” which monitors federal and state progress on key tobacco-related policies. The American Lung Association’s formula for grades is largely based on funding allocations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year’s report reinforces some key points that make it clear sustained funding for Tobacco Free Florida is essential to make a significant impact in reducing tobacco use in the state.

12/07/2017, Tobacco Companies Ordered To Publish “Corrective Statement” Advertisements

Eleven years after a federal court order, the four major U.S. tobacco companies – Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA – began publishing “corrective statement” advertisements about the dangers of their deadly and addictive products on Nov. 26, 2017.

5/04/2017, What’s the True Cost of Smoking?

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.

3/29/2017, Florida Adult Smoking Rate at Record Low But New County Rankings Show Many Communities Lagging Behind

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.

11/10/2016, Florida Adult and Teen Smoking Rates Hit Record Low

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.

8/2/2016, Tobacco Free Florida Expands Free Quit Services

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.

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.