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Tobacco Facts

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

Physical Address:

Milton Location
5527 Stewart St.
Milton, FL, 32570
850-983-5200

Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.


Did You Know? 

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • An estimated 32,0001 Floridians die each year from smoking related causes.
  • More than 2.52 million Floridians, 14.7%2 of the adult population, are current cigarette smokers.
  • Each day more than 4,1003 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 up to 104 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 885 Floridians die as a result of tobacco use.

CDC, Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, 2014. See also, CDC, Data Highlights 2006; CDC's Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs, SAMMEC, average annual smoking attributable productivity losses from 2000-2004 (updated to 2009 dollars); (new number: 32,000 not 28,700) tobaccofreekids.org.

CDC, Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, 2014. See also, CDC, Data Highlights 2006; CDC's Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs, SAMMEC, average annual smoking attributable productivity losses from 2000-2004 (updated to 2009 dollars). tobaccofreekids.orgThe Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2018. Florida Department of Health, Division of Community Health Promotion, Public Health Research Section. August 2019 [accessed 2020 August 4.]

3 The Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2018. Florida Department of Health, Division of Community Health Promotion, Public Health Research Section. August 2019 [accessed 2020 August 4.] tobaccofreekids.org.

4 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: 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, 2014. [accessed 10 August 2020.] tobaccofreeflorida.com.

5 Floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/prevention/tobacco-free-florida/index. It causes more than 480,000 deaths each year. That is nearly 1 in 5 deaths, or 1,300 deaths every day. In Florida alone, cigarette smoking is responsible for 32,300 deaths every year. tobaccofreeflorida.com.