Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tobacco Free Florida: Make 2012 Your Year to Get Healthy!

Tobacco Free Florida knows quitting can be very hard, but it's not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida.

With the right help, resources and the support to keep you going, Tobacco Free Florida can give you the best chance to quit for good. For each person, overcoming nicotine addiction is different and we can help you choose a path to quitting that works for you.

About Tobacco Free Florida:

In November 2006, Florida's voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment, Article X, Section 27, that called for reinstating a tobacco education and use prevention program. This program, Tobacco Free Florida (TFF), is a comprehensive effort to reduce tobacco use in the state.

TFF is administered through the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program (BTPP), and funded by money derived from the tobacco settlement agreement with the major tobacco companies. The program today operates with an annual budget of roughly $65 million (15 percent of the tobacco trust fund), which is allocated by the legislature to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and to provide tobacco cessation services, infrastructure and marketing efforts.

TFF shares its message through a comprehensive media campaign aimed at decreasing the number of tobacco users in the state through efforts to prevent non-users from starting to use tobacco and to encourage current users to quit. This message is critical to educate and change social behavior related to tobacco use in Florida, where each year more than 28,000 Floridians die from smoking and tobacco-related diseases cost the state an estimated $19.6 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

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