Fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week celebrates life-saving program

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — The fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week is being celebrated this week.

The event runs from April 6-13, and this year’s theme is “High Five: Celebrating Five Years of Tobacco Free Florida Week,” it will highlight progress made in protecting Floridians from tobacco’s deadly toll.

The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida educates youth about the harmful effects of tobacco use, aids current tobacco users in their efforts to quit, and brings to light the impact tobacco has on Florida’s health and economy.

“"Each year, Tobacco Free Florida week turns up the heat on tobacco by educating Floridians about the dangers to health from smoking and chewing tobacco,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Florida has seen remarkable success in reducing smoking rates in recent years, one of the program’s many accomplishments that we will celebrate during this five-year anniversary.”

Since the inception of the Tobacco Free Florida program, the following milestones have been achieved:

Protecting the People:

• There are more than 500,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida.



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