Each year in the state of Florida 28,000 people die from tobacco-related diseases.
Smoking and tobacco use amongst Floridians cost approximately $19.6 billion each year in health care costs and sickness.
Tobacco Free Florida exists to deter people from using tobacco products and to encourage those already using to quit using a powerful media campaign.
Tobacco Free Florida
The Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) program was established following a 2006 constitutional amendment where tobacco prevention programs were reinstated. The program is funded using money from tobacco settlement agreements.
TFF offers on its website descriptive and honest reasons why people should quit smoking and using other products, such as smokeless tobacco. The site lists all the cancers that can occur from smoking or chewing, and even compares the health and wellness of a smoker to that of a non-smoker. For example, did you know that on average, a smoker will die thirteen to fourteen years before a non-smoker?
In addition to a section devoted to “quit tips,” the TFF site also offers online and telephone support. As an added incentive for people considering quitting, there are several video testimonials from former tobacco users who were able to overcome their addiction.
Known Carcinogen Formaldehyde in Cigarettes
There are thousands of chemicals in each cigarette, including chemicals that are known to cause cancer. For example, formaldehyde, the chemical used for preserving laboratory samples and dead bodies. This substance was classified by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a known human carcinogen in 2010.