Press Releases

  • 05/22/2014, Florida Teen Wins Top Award Among Youth Advocates Working Against Tobacco

    Magi Linscott, a Santa Rosa County high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, was named the National Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is the highest award among the country’s top youth advocates working against tobacco.

    4/21/2014, Proclamation: 6th Annual Tobacco Free Florida Week

    Gov. Rick Scott declares April 21-27, 2014 as Tobacco Free Florida Week. The focus of Tobacco Free Florida Week 2014 is to educate health care providers and their patients about the program's free resources and the health benefits of quitting tobacco.

    04/16/2014, Tobacco Free Florida Partners with Health Care Professionals to Help Smokers Quit

    During the 6th annual Tobacco Free Florida Week, April 21-27, the Department of Health is emphasizing the importance of teamwork with health professionals to help smokers quit for good. Team Up to Quit is a statewide effort to raise awareness of the resources available to help Floridians quit tobacco.

    2/13/2014, Smokeless Tobacco: Not a Safe Alternative to Cigarette Smoking

    Tobacco Free Florida is encouraging Floridians to learn the facts about the harmful effects of using smokeless tobacco and to make a plan to stop using these products. To help raise awareness, the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida is observing Through With Chew Week from February 16-22. Compared to the decrease in youth cigarette use, there has not been a significant change in the use of smokeless tobacco products among youth.

    12/20/2013, Tobacco Free Florida Offers Free Services that May Double the Chance of Quitting

    The new year is right around the corner and now is the time to make a plan to turn a resolution to quit tobacco into reality. The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is encouraging tobacco users across the state to create a personalized quit plan with help from the state’s free and easy resources. Using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit, which include the Florida Quitline, Web Coach, and in-person classes through the Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) network, may double your chances of success. Since 2007, more than 93,400 Floridians have successfully quit using one of these free services.

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