Banner photo of alligator with Florida Health logo and Florida Dept. of Health in St. Lucie County.

Tobacco Prevention Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of many long term chronic health conditions. The purpose of the Florida Community Based Tobacco Prevention Interventions Program (BTPP) is to reduce Floridian's tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program is seeking applications from organizations to promote policy and system change to impact social norms about tobacco use.

Tobacco addiction is among the leading preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in Florida and in the United States. The list of illnesses caused by tobacco use is long and contains many of the most common causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, lung disease, many forms of cancer, and vascular diseases. Cigarette use alone, results in an estimated 430,000 deaths each year in the US, including 28,600 deaths in Florida. Secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths each year among adult non-smokers in the United States with 2,520 of those deaths among Floridians. The tobacco industry spends close to $735 million in Florida annually to market its products.


The following are the primary program goals designed to achieve the program purpose:
  1. Prevent Florida's youth and young adults from initiating tobacco use.
  2. Promote cessation of tobacco use among Florida's youth and adults.
  3. Eliminate Floridians' exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.
  4. Maintain a sustainable infrastructure of the Florida
    Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco

Tobacco Free Florida