Tobacco Education and Prevention Program
Offices located at
1620 Nectarine St.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
The Nassau County Health Department’s Tobacco Education and
Prevention Program offers a variety of tobacco prevention, education and
volunteer opportunities for youth and adults in Nassau County.
Since tobacco is the #1 cause of preventable death in the United States, we are
working diligently towards a
Tobacco Free Florida and a Tobacco Free Nassau County through Tobacco Free
Partnership Nassau and Nassau County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT).
Program funding is received through Amendment #4, requiring the funding of a
Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Prevention Program, which can be
found in Florida Statutes 381.84.
Nassau County’s Tobacco Program has four goals:
Goal 1: Prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.
Goal 2: Eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.
Goal 3: Promote cessation from tobacco use.
Goal 4: Build and maintain an effective Tobacco Free Partnership and SWAT
You can get involved by:
Students Working Against Tobacco. SWAT membership is open to
Nassau County students from 5th to 12th grade. SWAT
membership allows young people to become advocates for change of the tobacco
norm of Nassau County. SWAT members are involved in educating the public
through public speaking and by participating in parades and other community
events and activities. For more information call the Tobacco Education and
Prevention Program at (904) 548 – 1866.
SWAT members Cort Little, Lydia Arseneau and
Hali Arseneau address the Nassau County Commission.
SWAT member Jacob Emmons dons the Mr. Ciggy
Butts costume during the Annual Shrimp Festival Parade in Fernandina
Tobacco Free Partnership Nassau. Community members from all walks of life have
joined SWAT youth in creating a partnership of concerned citizens who would like
to see a change in the culture surrounding tobacco in Nassau County. These
partners serve as advocates for change working with decision makers in the
community. If you are interested in becoming involved with Tobacco Free
Partnership Nassau, call (904) 548 – 1867.
Nassau County Health Department offers the following services to the
Nassau County Health Department Tobacco Education and Prevention Program can
lend this banner to any public event that would like to be a “Tobacco Free
Event.” Also, the tobacco staff and SWAT are available for tobacco education
booths. Call (904) 548 – 1866.
is against Florida law for youth under the age of 18 to be in possession of
tobacco. Youth who are given a citation for tobacco possession must appear
before the Nassau County Superior Court or before the Teen Court. The most
common “sentence” is to attend Tobacco Citation Classes. The Tobacco Education
and Prevention staff provides a three class curriculum to satisfy the court’s
requirement. To enroll a youth in Tobacco Citation Classes, call (904) 548 –
Promoting cessation from tobacco use is a main concern for the Tobacco
Education and Prevention Program.
Florida QUITLINE at 877-U-CAN-NOW offers free telephone counseling
and free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, lozenges and gum).
Northeast Florida Area Health Education Centers
at 1-877-QUIT-IT-NOW offers local cessation classes throughout the year in
Sheryl Gerhardt, Certified Tobacco Cessation Counselor, of Baptist
Medical Center Nassau offers ongoing cessation classes in Fernandina Beach.
more information about tobacco issues,
visit the Tobacco Free Florida web site.
Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.
Every six seconds, someone in the U.S. dies because of tobacco.
Get involved! The health of our community depends on it!