Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Florida Facts
  • Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

  • In Florida, 17.5% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 2,509,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers.

  • Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. Florida ranks 18th among the states.

  • Among youth aged 12–17 years, 9.5% smoke in Florida. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Florida ranks 13th among the states.

  • Among adults aged 35+ years, over 28,600 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 258.8/100,000. Florida's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 20th among the states.

  • Smoke-free home rules represent awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke. In Florida, as in the nation, an increasing number of families have such a rule. Currently, 84.0% of Florida homes have this rule. Florida ranks 6th among the states.

Sanford Location
400 W. Airport Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
Phone: 407.665.3184

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8AM to 5 PM

The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in workplaces. The Department of Health and the Department of Business Professional Regulation are responsible for enforcing the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. If you receive a call or inquiry from anyone seeking information about the law as it pertains to any facility or wanting to file a complaint about smoking in any facility, please refer all callers/inquires to this office.

Complaints and inquiries may be submitted in the following ways:
Phone: 800-337-3742
Fax: 850-414-7497
Mail:4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-23, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1743

The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program offers a comprehensive program that is guided to address the following goals:

  • Prevention of youth tobacco use initiation.
  • Cessation support for youth and adults.
  • Reduction in exposure to second-hand smoke.

The program includes objectives to establish and strengthen healthcare provider and community partnerships to provide resources and referrals to smokers who are ready to quit.  Health education initiatives also include information about chronic diseases related to tobacco use, such as asthma, diabetes and COPD. 

CESSATION  If you know someone who is ready to quit smoking, please refer them to our office at 407-665-3184 for free assistance. Through an agreement with the Department of Health, we can refer current smokers to the Quit-For-Life hotline. The Quit-For-Life hotline (1-877-822-6669) is a free telephone-based cessation counseling service for those wanting to quit smoking.  The Quit-For-Life line is currently offering nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum) to those who qualify.  These services are also available to your staff and their families.

RESOURCES  Please contact 407-665-3184 for educational materials (brochures, posters, fax referrals and incentives) to distribute and display at your school or office.  The Tobacco Prevention Office is available to provide an informational in-service for your staff.  There is also an on-line tobacco education training available for professions requiring continuing education credits at no cost. 

YOUTH PREVENTION  To prevent young people from using tobacco, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) serves as an advocacy program to empower youth to stand up against the manipulative marketing tactics by the tobacco industry.  SWAT advocates from local middle and high schools are available to host tobacco-prevention projects and presentations for your agency. SWAT advocates are charged to get the word out for a tobacco-free generation. The SWAT program is actively recruiting youth who will be attending a Seminole County middle or high school.

LEADERSHIP  The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Seminole County brings together community leaders, service and healthcare providers, and citizens to address county-wide tobacco prevention and control strategies for youth and adults.  Please contact 407-665-3184 for membership information and meeting schedule.



This page was last modified: 02/24/14