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Tobacco Education and Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County

Our Tobacco Education and Prevention Program offers comprehensive information guided to address the following goals:

  • Prevention of youth tobacco use initiation.

  • Cessation support for youth and adults.

  • Reduction in exposure to second-hand smoke.

The program includes objectives to establish and strengthen healthcare provider and community partnerships to provide resources and referrals to smokers who are ready to quit. Health education initiatives also include information about chronic diseases related to tobacco use, such as asthma, diabetes and COPD.

Seminole County Public Schools Providing Tobacco Free Grounds Since 2005

Did you know that reducing employee tobacco use may increase productivity and lessen health care costs to your business? Studies have shown that employees who use tobacco have a significant financial impact on businesses. Employers may spend above $6,000 per smoking employee, per year. These extra expenses are due to increased healthcare costs, sick days, and loss of productivity. Tobacco Free Florida recommends that employers implement a worksite model, which includes the following three principals:

  1. Create a supportive workplace environment that makes it easier for your employees to quit.

  2. Provide employees with proven successful tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

  3. Evaluate your progress and adapt your plan accordingly.

The Tobacco Free Seminole Coalition and the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County celebrate the Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) accomplishments and proudly support the Seminole County School Board on their efforts to provide a healthy and safe environment for the school community.

Cessation

If you know someone who is ready to quit smoking, please refer them to our office at 407-665-3278 for free assistance. Through an agreement with the Department of Health, we can refer current smokers to the Quit-Your-Way hotline. The Quit-Your-Way hotline (1-877-822-6669) is a free telephone-based cessation counseling service for those wanting to quit smoking. The Quit-Your-Way line is currently offering nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum) to those who qualify. In addition to a phone quit line, Quit-Your-Way has group quit, web quit and more quit tools available by visiting http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway/.

Resources

Please call us at 407-665-3278 for educational materials (brochures, posters, fax referrals and incentives) to distribute and display at your school or office. The Tobacco Prevention Program Office is available to provide an informational in-service for your staff. There is also an on-line tobacco education training available for professions requiring continuing education credits at no cost.

Youth Prevention

To prevent young people from using tobacco, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) serves as an advocacy program to empower youth to stand up against the manipulative marketing tactics by the tobacco industry. SWAT advocates from local middle and high schools are available to host tobacco-prevention projects and presentations for your agency. SWAT advocates are charged to get the word out for a tobacco-free generation. The SWAT program is actively recruiting youth who attend a Seminole County middle or high school. www.swatflorida.com

Seminole State of Health Newsletter

Seminole State of Health

Sweetest Addiction Newsletter

The Sweetest Addiction Newsletter

The Sweetest Addiction Newsletter Volume 1

The Sweetest Addiction Newsletter Volume 2

The Sweetest Addiction Newsletter Volume 2

Housing News Bulletin

Florida Health in Seminole County Housing News Bulletin

Housing News Bulletin May 2015

Leadership

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Seminole County brings together community leaders, service and healthcare providers, and citizens to address county-wide tobacco prevention and control strategies for youth and adults. Please contact 407-665-3184 for membership information and meeting schedule.

Great American Smokeout

The Tobacco Prevention Program and SWAT actively participates in the annual Great American Smokeout. For more information on the yearly celebration to encourage folks to quit smoking, visit the American Cancer Society.