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Tobacco Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

Awareness 

Our Mission:

To increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco use.

Our Goals:

  • Prevention - reduce the number of youth who begin using tobacco by empowering youth and adults in anti-tobacco advocacy and policy making through education and training
  • Environment - eliminate second hand smoke exposure in the community
  • Cessation - decrease the number of youth and adults who are using tobacco

Program Actions:

  • Increase awareness of key tobacco issues
  • Engagement in the Policy Process regarding tobacco issues
  • Promote tobacco cessation
  • Create, maintain and improve effective tobacco control organizations

Tobacco Facts 

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • An estimated 28,700 Floridians die each year from smoking related causes.
  • More than 2.5 million Floridians, 17.5% of the adult population, are current cigarette smokers.
  • Each day more than 3,450 young people between 12 and 17 years of age smoke their first cigarette and 850 become daily smokers.
  • More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
  • A smoker inhales only 15% of the smoke from a cigarette; the other 85% becomes second-hand smoke.
  • Children exposed to second hand smoke have more asthma attacks, sinus and ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and croup.
  • Smoking decreases a person's life expectancy anywhere from 7 to 20 years.
  • Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can result in low birth weight babies.
  • Smoking has been associated with infertility, miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, infant mortality and childhood morbidity.
  • Additionally, cigarette smoking may cause long-term learning disabilities.
  • Each day 88 Floridians die as a result of tobacco use.

Tobacco-Free Santa Rosa Coalition 

The mission of the Tobacco-Free Santa Rosa Coalition is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and educate on the dangers of tobacco abuse in Santa Rosa County, Florida.

Coalition members include local physicians, hospitals, medical clinics, educational institutions, the Santa Rosa County School District, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office, other area non-profit organizations and community leadership groups. If you would like information on joining the Coalition, please call 850-983-5200.

Tobacco Cessation 

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, in conjunction with West Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), offers three ways to quit smoking and all of them are free. These solutions are available to ALL residents of Santa Rosa County.

3 EASY & FREE WAYS TO QUIT

Phone

1. By Phone

1 (877) U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) for free phone counseling sessions and free nicotine replacement therapy (such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges) while supplies last.

Computer2. Online

You can visit the Tobacco Free Florida or Quit Now.net websites.

Person3. Attend Quit Smoking Now Classes

Smoking cessation classes are held in two different locations in Santa Rosa County. All classes are free and open to anyone interested in quitting. Smokeless tobacco users are also welcome. For more information, please call (850) 983-5200 ext.142 or 1 (877) 6-STOP NOW (1-877-678-6766).


Class Schedules for 2017

Quit Smoking Now

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County 
5527 Stewart Street, Milton (back entrance, please).

Thursdays 5:30pm March 2- March 30, 2017
Thursdays 5:30pm April 20-May 25, 2017
Thursdays 5:30pm June 8-July 13, 2017
Thursdays 5:30pm July 27-August 31, 2017
Thursdays 5:30pm September 14- October 19, 2017
Thursdays 5:30pm November 2- December 7, 2017

Good Samaritan Clinic
4435 Gulf Breeze Parkway (Hwy 98), Gulf Breeze.

Wednesdays 11:00am March 1- March 29, 2017
Wednesdays 11:00am April 19-May 24, 2017
Wednesdays 11:00am June 7-July 12, 2017
Wednesdays 11:00am July 26-August 30, 2017
Wednesdays 11:00am September 13-October 18, 2017
Wednesdays 11:00am November 1- December 6, 2017

Santa Rosa Medical Center
6002 Berryhill Road, Milton

Fridays 11:00am March 3- March 31, 2017
Fridays 11:00am April 21-May 26, 2017
Fridays 11:00am June 9-July 14, 2017
Fridays 11:00am July 28-September 1, 2017
Fridays 11:00am September 15- October 20, 2017 

Santa Rosa Medical Center
6002 Berryhill Road (Milton)
[class is held in the MOB on the 3rd floor in the community room]

Fridays 11:00am March 3- March 31, 2017
Fridays 11:00am April 21-May 26, 2017
Fridays 11:00am June 9-July 14, 2017
Fridays 11:00am July 28-September 1, 2017
Fridays 11:00am September 15- October 20, 2017 

Tools to Quit 

Tools to Quit

For those who cannot attend 6 weeks of classes, Tools to Quit is a 1 day class lasting only 2 hours.

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County
5527 Stewart Street, Milton

Thursday 5:00-7:00pm April 6, 2017
Thursday 5:00-7:00pm December 14, 2017

Good Samaritan Clinic
4435 Gulf Breeze Parkway (Hwy 98), Gulf Breeze

Wednesday 10:00-12:00pm April 5, 2017
Wednesday 10:00-12:00pm December 13, 2017

Santa Rosa Medical Center
6002 Berryhill Road (Milton)
[class is held in the MOB on the 3rd floor in the community room]

Fridays 11:00-12:00pm April 7, 2017
Fridays 11:00-12:00pm December 1st & December 8th, 2017

*Classes are also offered at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Milton. Please call 850-398-6965/1-877-678-6766 to pre-register.

Links 

Tobacco Free Florida

Quitline

Florida Department of Health - Tobacco Free Florida

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Surgeon General's Report on Secondhand Smoke (PDF-11MB)

Latest Florida Youth Tobacco Survey Reports Page

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