Tobacco Awareness

Our Mission:

To increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco use.

Our Goals:

  • Prevention - reduce the number of youth who begin using tobacco by empowering youth and adults in anti-tobacco advocacy and policy making through education and training

  • Environment - eliminate second hand smoke exposure in the community

  • Cessation - decrease the number of youth and adults who are using tobacco

Program Actions:

  • Increase awareness of key tobacco issues

  • Engagement in the Policy Process regarding tobacco issues

  • Promote tobacco cessation

  • Create, maintain and improve effective tobacco control organizations

How Much is Smoking Costing You?

Check out this interactive Smoking Cost Calculator from Tobacco Free Florida!

Florida's Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program (BTPP) spends about $65 million annually on helping people quit and keeping Florida's youth from using tobacco. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry spends about $880 million annually marketing its deadly products in Florida.

  • In Florida, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $19.6 billion, including workplace productivity losses of $4.4 billion, premature death losses of $7.9 billion and direct medical expenditures of $7.2 billion.
  • The Florida Medicaid program covers $1.2 billion of these smoke-related medical expenditures.
  • Annual personal healthcare expenditures related to smoking have declined $1 billion or 11.3 percent.
  • Since the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program (BTPP) was reinstated, reductions in adult smoking prevalence resulted in a total estimated savings of $4.2 billion in personal health care expenditures in Florida.
  • Expenditures by the BTPP created a total of 1,291 jobs in Florida generating $37.5 million in total labor income and $95.6 million in total expenditures impact (2009).

Tobacco Facts:

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

  • An estimated 28,700 Floridians die each year from smoking related causes.

  • More than 2.5 million Floridians, 17.5% of the adult population, are current cigarette smokers.

  • Each day more than 3,450 young people between 12 and 17 years of age smoke their first cigarette and 850 become daily smokers.

  • More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.

  • A smoker inhales only 15% of the smoke from a cigarette; the other 85% becomes second-hand smoke.

  • Children exposed to second hand smoke have more asthma attacks, sinus and ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and croup.

  • Smoking decreases a person's life expectancy anywhere from 7 to 20 years.

  • Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can result in low birth weight babies.

  • Smoking has been associated with infertility, miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, infant mortality and childhood morbidity.

  • Additionally, cigarette smoking may cause long-term learning disabilities.

  • Each day 88 Floridians die as a result of tobacco use.

Tobacco Usage Among Middle and High School Youth


Middle School


High School

Year Santa Rosa Florida   Santa Rosa Florida
2000 16.7 % 11.1 %   33.4 % 22.6 %
2006 12.7 % 11.3 %   36.2 % 23.9 %
2008 10.3 % 9.0 %   31 % 22.4 %
2010 10.5 % 8.7 %   24.3 % 22.2 %

Sources: Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, Tobacco Free Florida, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Santa Rosa County (SRC) Tobacco-Free Coalition:

The mission of the SRC Tobacco-Free Coalition is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and educate on the dangers of tobacco abuse in Santa Rosa County, Florida.

Coalition members include local physicians, hospitals, medical clinics, educational institutions, the Santa Rosa County School District, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office, other area non-profit organizations and community leadership groups. If you would like information on joining the Coalition, please call (850) 983-5200.

Would you like to quit smoking?

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, in conjunction with West Florida Area Health Education Centers, offers smoking cessation classes at no charge.  Visit our Smoking Cessation webpage for more information or call 850-983-5200.

The QuitLine is a toll-free telephone-based tobacco use cessation service. Any person living in Florida who wants to try to quit smoking can use the QuitLine.

The QuitLine offers:

  • counseling sessions

  • self help materials

  • materials in English and Spanish (translation services available for other languages)

  • free nicotine replacement therapy (such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges) while supplies last

  • TDD service for the hearing impaired

Phone: 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669)

Visit Quitline on the web.

Helpful Resources:

    Tobacco Free Florida


    Florida Department of Health Division of Health Access and Tobacco

    Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

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    Surgeon General's Report on Secondhand Smoke

    Florida Youth Tobacco Survey Reports Page

This page was last modified on: 05/1/2013 09:46:53