To increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco use.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
1. By Phone
3. 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
Surgeon General's Report on Secondhand Smoke (PDF-11MB)
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