Sumter County Health Department, Public Health Prevent, Promote, Protect

Health Education

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand smoke is to those around it.

• Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
• Smoking causes lung cancer and lung diseases including COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.
• Smoking also causes the following cancers:
    • Bladder cancer Lung cancer
    • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
    • Cancer of the cervix
    • Cancer of the esophagus
    • Cancer of the uterus
    • Cancer of the mouth
    • Stomach cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)

Compared to non-smokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of:
    • Coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times 4
    • Stroke by 2 to 4 times
    • Dying from chronic obstructive lung disease by 12 to 13 times (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema)

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds with more than 100 of those found to be toxic. Non-smokers who breathe in SHS take in nicotine and these toxic chemicals. The more SHS smoke you are exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body.

Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 3,000 non-smoking Americans die of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke can also cause heart disease, breathing problems and worsen asthma and heart disease. In children, it can cause colds, coughs and ear infections.

What if I Chew or Dip?

Smokeless tobacco products, such as spitting tobacco, dip, chew, snuff and snus, are also harmful to your health and are not a safer alternative to smoking.

Smokeless tobacco users have:
    • 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer
    • 60 percent higher risk of pancreatic and esophageal cancer

Smokeless tobacco use can cause the following cancers:
    • Cancer of the esophagus
    • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
    • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
    • Stomach cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer

Benefits of Quitting:
    • 20 minutes after you quit smoking your blood pressure decreases.
    • 8 hours after you quit smoking your blood oxygen level returns to normal.
    • 1 year after you quit smoking your risk of heart attack is cut in half.
    • 3 months after you quit smoking, your lung function improves up to 30%.
    • 15 years after you quit smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smokers.

Quitting is not just good for your health; it’s also good for your wallet. The average pack-a-day smoker in Florida spends more than $2,000 a year on cigarettes. Imagine what you can do for yourself and your family once you stop smoking. To find out how much money you’ve spent on cigarettes and how much you can save over time if you quit smoking, click here Cost Calculator.

FREE Resources for Quitting

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The following are FREE resources to help tobacco users quit.

• Tobacco Free Florida campaign at
• Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669)
• Web Coach® at
• Florida AHEC Network's Quit Smoking Now Referral Line at 1-87-QuitNow 6 (1-877-848-6696)

For more information, please contact the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at 352-569-3146.

Partnership for a Tobacco Free Sumter
The Partnership for a Tobacco Free Sumter is a collaboration of community partners dedicated to educate the citizens of Sumter County regarding tobacco use prevention, intervention and cessation. Through the work of the Partnership for a Tobacco Free Sumter, Students Working Against Tobacco, and the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County, our community is working together on the following initiatives:

    1. Create tobacco-free multi-unit dwelling
    2. Limit retail tobacco advertising
    3. Adopt comprehensive tobacco-free school policies
    4. Restrict the sale of flavored tobacco
    5. Promote access to employer provided cessation services
Partnership for a Tobacco FREE Sumter

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)

SWAT is a youth organization working to educate and empower youth to promote a tobacco free environment for the residents of Sumter County. SWAT is more than a youth advocacy group. It promotes leadership and community involvement. Students ages 11-17 or grades 6-12 are encouraged to join. Youth will have the opportunity to participate in national tobacco observance like Kick Butts Day and Through with Chew Week, educate their peers and communities on the harmful effects of tobacco use, and meet with decision makers to influence local policy change.

To learn more, visit the SWAT website.

Swim Safe Sumter

Did You Know?

- Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4.

- 3 children die every day as a result of drowning.

- The highest risk of drowning for both males and females is between ages 1 to 4.

- Florida has the highest accidental drowning death rate (1.14 per 100,000) in the United States for the 1 to 4 year old age group.
Swim Safe Sumter, Swimming Safety Instruction, Ages 3-12, For more information Call 352-569-3116, Florida ?Department of Health in Sumter County, District School Board of Sumter County, Rotary International of Wildwood, Wildwood Country Resort

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The Swim Safe Sumter program has successfully trained 667 students in basic swimming and drowning prevention techniques!

For more information, please call Jan Berry at 352-569-3116
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Sumter M.O.M.S. (Making Our Mothers Stronger)

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Sumter M.O.M.S.
(Making Our Mothers Stronger)
A Program for Moms to be

Sumter County Health Department

Sessions will include education on
Breast Feeding, Prenatal Care, Nutrition, Oral Care,
Parenting & Newborn Care.

For more information please Contact Us

Our new and exciting program is designed for expecting mothers and fathers. It is full of information, guest speakers and things for mom, dad, and baby. Each session has 15 meeting days on Wednesday that are one hour long. At the end of each session we hold a Baby Shower for the participants complete with sturdy Baby Bag's full of baby items. A drawing will be held for a new car seat or pack and play. This is free to all expecting Sumter County residents.

The meetings are facilitated by a Sumter County Health Department registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. We use the "What to expect when you're expecting" book, written by, Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. You will receive a book to take home along with many other types of literature.

Session Topics Include:

Guest Speakers from:

If you or someone you know in Sumter County has a new little one coming, you won't want to miss this program. For more information contact us at our clinic.

Page last updated: 8/27/2014