Tobacco Free Florida

Lawmaker Looks To Tie Vaping, Smoking Tobacco

Feb 19, 2019
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State Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge, wants to define vaping products with tobacco products, a move that would allow electronic cigarettes to be lumped into anti-smoking marketing efforts. 

Florida Fails to Reduce Tobacco Consumption

Feb 1, 2019

A new report from the American Lung Association shows how Florida stacks up when it comes to reducing tobacco use. 

A new “State of Tobacco Control” report from the American Lung Association concludes there has been a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use over the last year.

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E-cigarette use among young people in Florida spiked over the past year, according to data released by Tobacco Free Florida.

Flagler College in St. Augustine is the latest Florida campus that is going 100 percent smoke and tobacco free.

Smoking rates in Florida have dropped in general but in some communities, the drop is happening much more slowly than in the rest of the state.

Sandra Averhart reports on Florida's Tobacco-Free week.

As part of Tobacco Free Florida Week, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging residents to ‘kick the habit’ by focusing on the ‘cost of smoking,’ both physically and financially, to help make their point, the Health Department’s Tobacco Free Florida education and prevention program is out with a public service announcement that invites viewers to “step into The Smoker’s Store,” where one can see the true cost of smoking.

In 2015, smoking among adults in Florida dropped to 15.8 percent, the lowest it has ever been. State health officials are celebrating the decline and giving much of the credit to passage of a constitutional amendment ten years ago.

In the late 1990's, Florida was one of just four states to craft its own multi-billion dollar settlement with the nation’s big tobacco companies. About a decade later, Florida voters approved a ballot measure mandating that the state use part of that money to provide a dedicated funding source for smoking prevention education.

Tobacco Free Florida

Fewer people are smoking now than ever before.

Tobacco Free Florida, which was created a decade ago, can take some credit for that.

Floridians who want to kick the smoking habit now have even easier access to free nicotine-replacement therapy through the Tobacco Free Florida program.


South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A state-funded smoking cessation program has been a huge success, Florida health officials say. As the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports, Tobacco Free Florida has helped 72,000 smokers quit since the program launched in 2007.