Tobacco Education and Prevention
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.
Tobacco Free Seminole Coalition (TFSC)
The Tobacco Free Coalition of Seminole is a community based coalition created to impact policy and systems change, reduce the use of tobacco products and prevention initiation. The Coalition advocates for issues important to the health of our community, and takes a stand against tobacco use, industry and tactics that are used to recruit users. We are committed to helping people quit using tobacco products, reduce the marketing influences that Tobacco companies have in our community, and reduce youth’s access to Tobacco
General Partnership Meetings- 4nd Wednesday of the Month, 5pm
Location: 400 W. Airport Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773
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Youth and E-Cigarettes
On Sept. 12, 2018, the FDA declared youth electronic cigarette use (or vaping) an epidemic. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida supports the FDA’s action to protect youth against nicotine addiction.
E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. E-cigarettes have a battery, a heating element and a place to hold e-liquid. Most e-liquids contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive chemical. As the e-cigarette industry continues to evolve, one device known as JUUL has become extremely popular among youth. JUUL has become a prevalent topic on social media among young people and the trend has generated its own slang verb, “JUULing.”
According to JUUL’s own website, when asked about nicotine concentration, “One JUULpod is intended to replace 1 pack of cigarettes, with ~200 puffs.” Its discrete size and design make it easy to disguise or hide at home, in public, and even at school.
The rise of e-cigarette use among youth is cause for concern.
- E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes in 2014 in Florida.
- Data from the 2018 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), released by the Florida Department of Health, shows that e-cigarette use among Florida youth spiked dramatically in just one year. The current e-cigarette use rate among Florida high school students was 24.8% in 2018 – an astounding 58 percent increase compared to 2017.
- Among youth (ages 11-17) in Florida, one in four had tried e-cigarettes in 2018.
Check out our guide, “How to Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco” at https://tobaccofreeflorida.com/blog/tipsforparents/.
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2016.
 PKing BA, Gammon DG, Marynak KL, Rogers T. Electronic Cigarette Sales in the United States, 2013-2017. JAMA. 2018;320(13):1379–1380. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10488
 Public Health Law Center (2018, May). “JUUL & THE GUINEA PIG GENERATION.” Retrieved from http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/JUUL-and-the-Guinea-Pig-Generation-2018.pdf
 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, 2018.
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:
Create a supportive workplace environment that makes it easier for your employees to quit.
Provide employees with proven successful tobacco cessation medications and counseling.
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.
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 https://tobaccofreeflorida.com/how-to-quit-tobacco/smoking-cessation-programs/.
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.
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
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.