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Tobacco Free Florida Pinellas Encourage Tobacco Users To Quit

By Maggie Hall

November 27, 2017


In observance of the Nov. 16 Great American Smokeout (GASO) sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Tobacco Free Florida and the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) worked with local employer Molex to encourage its employees who use tobacco to create a plan to quit that day.

GASO is an annual event on the Thursday before Thanksgiving that creates awareness about the dangers of smoking and the many effective resources available to help smokers successfully quit.

Molex, based in Pinellas, is a leading provider of electronic components and solutions. On Nov. 16, the company challenged employees who use tobacco to quit for the day. Non-smokers were challenged to quit unhealthy behaviors for the day as well, whether it was candy or coffee, to promote healthy living.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Florida and the U.S.1 On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.2 For every person who dies, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.3 About 30 percent of cancer deaths in Florida are caused by cigarette smoking.4 Smoking not only affects one’s health, it also impacts individuals financially. A pack-a-day smoker in Florida can spend more than $2,100 in just one year and more than $10,500 in five years.

Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way program makes it easier than ever for tobacco users to access free tools and services to help them quit. More than 159,000 Floridians have successfully quit tobacco using one of these free services. For more information, go to

 Smokers can also access Tobacco Free Florida’s online Cost Calculator to find out how much money they could save by quitting at

About the Florida Department of Health

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About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 159,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida's free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook at or on Twitter at