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Tobacco Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, quitting is more important than ever! Let us help you get the support you need from the comfort of your own home. Preregistration is required.

Quit Your WayTools to Quit Virtual Class Flyer (372 KB; pdf)

Quit Smoking Now Virtual Class Flyer (170 KB; pdf)


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.



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 theTobacco Free Florida or Quit 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 2020

Quit Smoking Now

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

Thursdays 5:30pm     October 17-November 14, 2019

Thursdays 5:30pm     January 9- January 30, 2020 *4 weeks

Thursdays 5:30pm     February 6-February 27, 2020 *4 weeks 

Thursdays 5:30pm     March 26-April 16, 2020 *4 weeks 

Thursdays 5:30pm     May7-May 28,2020 *4 weeks

Thursdays 5:30pm     June 11-July 2, 2020 *4 weeks