Press Releases

05-03-2011, May is Clean Air Month, A Reminder That Secondhand Smoke Affects Every Floridian

Breathing clean air is a basic human need. May is Clean Air Month, a time to reflect and take action on pollutants that minimize air quality. Some may overlook the pervasive problem of secondhand smoke as they consider the number of pollutants in the air we breathe. Florida residents benefit from a statewide tobacco prevention and cessation program, as well as Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA), which protects people from the hazards of secondhand smoke.

04-18-2011, Tobacco Free Florida Encourages Floridians to Quit Smoking This Earth Day

This Earth Day (Friday, April 22), the Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida are working to educate Floridians about cigarettes impact on the environment. Smokers in Florida are encouraged to consider their addiction’s impact on the environment and quit smoking.

03-16-2011, Polk County High School Student Wins Prestigious Tobacco Youth Advocate Award

Jordan Bontrager, a Polk County high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, has won the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Southern Region Youth Advocate of the Year Award. The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor young activists throughout the country who fight to protect their peers from the dangers of tobacco use through public education efforts, student-to-student training and outreach.

02-18-2011, Tobacco Free Florida Marks Through with Chew Week 2011

Although cigarette use among Florida’s middle school and high school students has declined over the past decade, smokeless tobacco use has trended upward over the past five years, according to the 2010 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS). In 2010, 6.4 percent of Florida’s high school students reported smokeless tobacco use, as compared with 4.9 percent in 2005.

01-25-2011, Tobacco Free Florida to Observe American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, an opportune time to educate Floridians about the impact that smoking and secondhand smoke (SHS) can have on one’s heart health.

12-15-2010, Floridians Can Quit Today for a Healthy 2011

Every year, millions of Floridians attempt to quit smoking. As 2010 comes to a close and Florida smokers consider making their 2011 New Year’s resolutions, the Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida can help them quit for good with free support through phone, web and in-person quit smoking resources.

12-09-2010, Surgeon General’s Report Creates New Urgency for a Tobacco Free Florida

The U.S. Surgeon General released a new report that delineates the deadly effects of smoking. The 30th tobacco-related report issued from the Surgeon General since 1964, entitled How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General, states significant scientific findings about how quickly cigarettes harm not only the body of the smoker, but may trigger sudden blood clots, heart attacks and strokes among those exposed to secondhand smoke. With recurring exposure, the human body’s ability to heal the damage caused declines, majorly increasing the risk of tobacco-related illness and death.

11-16-2010, Tobacco Free Florida Re-launches During Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Tobacco Free Florida is re-launching its campaign in the month of November to coincide with Lung Cancer Awareness Month and to highlight the impact of lung cancer on society. An estimated 222,250 lung cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year and cigarette smoking is the main contributor to developing lung cancer.