Press Releases

03-27-2013, Fifth Annual Tobacco Free Florida Week Celebrates Life-Saving Program

The fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week runs from April 6-13. Themed “High Five: Celebrating Five Years of Tobacco Free Florida Week,” it will highlight progress made in protecting Floridians from tobacco’s deadly toll.

12-18-2012, Will 2013 Be the Year You Quit Tobacco for Good?

Services offered by the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida double your chances of quitting. A quit plan is the first step for a successful quit attempt.

11-08-2012, Is There a Quitter in You?

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida has a message for tobacco users this Great American Smokeout: There Is a Quitter In You. The Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15 is an ideal day for Florida smokers to find their inner quitter

10-26-2012, Candy-Flavored Tobacco: Trick or Treat?

Candy is everyone’s favorite treat on Halloween. Year-round, candy is one of the tobacco industry’s favorite tricks. Fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes were banned under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. However, menthol cigarettes and other smokeless products are amongst some of the productions not included.

09-10-2012, Tobacco Free Florida Launches Mobile Website and Text2Quit Service

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida has launched a new mobile website,, and a Text2Quit service to complement the program’s phone and online quit resources.


New data released by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) shows that 23 percent fewer Florida high school students are current cigarette smokers compared to 2010. The results indicate a decline in overall tobacco use among youth

08-25-2012, 15 Years, Thousands of Lives Saved: Reducing Tobacco Use in Florida

On August 25, 1997, Florida became the second state in the nation to settle a lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Fifteen years later, Florida is still a recognized leader with effective tobacco prevention and cessation programs

08-14-2012, Statement from State Surgeon General: Tobacco is Still a Serious Issue Among Florida Youth

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report that shows an alarming increase in the use of non-cigarette smoked tobacco products.. Smokers are seeking lower-cost alternatives to cigarettes. Small cigars and loose tobacco are taxed at much lower rates than cigarettes, according to the report, Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco—United States, 2000-2011, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The lower costs of these products make them especially appealing to youth and young adults.

06-20-2012, Tobacco Free Florida Partners with NASCAR Driver Jeffrey Earnhardt

Professional race car driver Jeffrey Earnhardt is partnering with the Florida Department of Health to support the statewide tobacco cessation and prevention program, Tobacco Free Florida (TFF). The health-conscious 23-year old comes from an impressive pedigree of stock car race drivers. His great grandfather is International Motorsports Hall of Famer Ralph Earnhardt; his grandfather is industry and cultural icon Dale Earnhardt; and his uncle is NASCAR star and nine-time winner of the Most Popular Driver Award, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

06-19-2012, Statement: Daytona International Speedway Takes Monumental Step Against Tobacco

A Statement from the State Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong: Today, I join Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) in commending the Daytona International Speedway for its move to make the grandstand seats smoke-free. This bold decision by one of Florida’s most prestigious and historic sporting venues underscores our state’s increased awareness of the real dangers of secondhand smoke and the importance of protecting every Floridian from the dangers of tobacco smoke