Press Releases

11-12-2013, Helping Tobacco Users Quit Can Improve a Business’s Bottom Line

Tobacco users aren’t the only ones paying the cost of their addiction with their health and wallet, employers are paying the price as well. Employees who smoke can cost businesses more than $6,000 per year when compared to non-smoking employees. In time for the Great American Smoke Out taking place on Nov. 21, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is encouraging businesses across the state to help their employees quit tobacco

09-30-2013, Tobacco Free Florida’s New Weight Management Program Can Assist with Weight Loss While Quitting

Do you want to quit tobacco but you’re concerned about weight gain? The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program’s new expanded resources can help. As of Sept. 25, participants who enroll in the Florida Quitline phone counseling may access the Weight Management Program, a pilot program designed to help tobacco users quit while limiting possible weight gain associated with quitting.

09-30-2013, Tobacco Free Florida Lanza Web Coach en Español

Los residentes de Florida que hablan español y necesitan ayuda para dejar de fumar o de consumir tabaco sin humo dispondrán ahora de más opciones. A partir del 25 de septiembre, todos los participantes que se inscriban en Florida Quitline tendrán la opción de seleccionar el programa telefónico con componente web o el programa web simple totalmente en español.

09-06-2013, New CDC Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Teens in the U.S. Doubles

The number of middle school and high school students in the United States who used electronic cigarettes doubled in 2012 compared to just a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida is alarmed by the mounting body of evidence that shows that youth are, indeed, using e-cigarettes. In Florida, the number of high school students who had tried e-cigarettes doubled – from 6 percent in 2011 to 12.1 percent in 2013.

08-30-2013, Teen Smoking Declines in Florida

New data, released this week by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), indicates there are tens of thousands of fewer teens smoking today than before the Tobacco Free Florida program launched in 2007. This drop equates to 40.7 percent fewer Florida high school students who are current cigarette smokers.

08-30-2013, Disminuye el tabaquismo entre adolescentes en la Florida

Nuevos datos, publicados esta semana por el Departamento de Salud de la Florida (DOH, por sus siglas en inglés), indican que en la actualidad hay decenas de miles de jóvenes menos que fuman en comparación con los datos anteriores al lanzamiento del programa Tobacco Free Florida en 2007. Esta disminución equivale a un 40,7% menos de estudiantes de la escuela secundaria de la Florida que actualmente fuman cigarrillos.

06-21-2013, Go Smoke-Free at Home in Honor of National Safety Month

In recognition of National Safety Month, Tobacco Free Florida is asking Floridians to make their homes a safer place by going smoke-free this June. By making your home smoke-free, you reduce the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke and diminish the potential for smoking-related fires.

05-21-2013, Florida Supports World No Tobacco Day

The state of Florida and its partners recognize May 31 as World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an international day of action in response to the worldwide tobacco epidemic. Across the state, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign, youth activists, and community supporters will shed light on the tobacco industry’s continued efforts to target youth and young adults.

05-03-2013, Magi Linscott Named Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Southern Region Youth Advocate of the Year

Magi Linscott, Santa Rosa County high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, won the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Southern Region Youth Advocate of the Year award.

03-27-2013, Historical Highlights of Tobacco Control in Floria

The history of tobacco control in Florida