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Tobacco Prevention

FL Dept of Health in Pinellas - Largo Center

Tobacco Information

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Tobacco addiction is among the leading preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in Florida and in the United States. Cigarette use, alone, results in an estimated 430,000 deaths each year in the US, including 28,700 deaths in Florida.

Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable premature death in the United States. The adult smoking rate in Pinellas County is 19.3% which is above the state rate which is 17.1%.

The list of illnesses caused by tobacco use is long and contains many of the most common causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and lung, and vascular diseases.

The tobacco industry spends close to $1 billion in Florida annually to market its products.

The Tobacco Prevention & Control Program

Quitline Information

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program will provide technical support to help in the creation and implementation of tobacco free policies to reduce tobacco use, encourage youth to stay tobacco free and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Tobacco Prevention & Control Program receives grant money to mobilize the community to establish policies supporting long-term, social norm change. The major goals of this grant are to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among youth, adults, and pregnant women; reduce per capita tobacco consumption; reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce tobacco-related disparities in Pinellas County.

Tobacco Free Florida

Through the teamwork of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas County (TFC), Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, communities are working to prevent youth from smoking, assist smokers who want to quit, and educate parents on the dangers of secondhand smoke. In addition, through the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida, funding is provided to create tobacco free environments in Pinellas County.

Primary Initiatives of the Program

Select the link below for specific information on the current initiatives of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's Tobacco Prevention & Control Program.

SWAT, TFC, Tobacco Free Schools, Smoke Free Housing, Workplaces, and more...

For More Information on...

Smoke Free House or our Tobacco Free Coalition
please call: 727-588-4040 x3171

Students Working Against Tobacco
please call: 727-588-4040 x3158

Smoke Free Workplaces
please call: 727-588-4040 x3170

Three ways to quit