Fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week celebrates life-saving program

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

• Tobacco Free Florida has helped 72,000i people quit through its 3 Ways to Quit services.

• There are now 70,000ii fewer youth smokers.

• There are more than 220,000iii fewer youth in Florida exposed to secondhand smoke, which contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and 69 that can cause cancer.

Benefitting the State:

• The reduction in smokers has helped save more than $4.2 billion in personal health care costs.

• Twenty colleges and universities in Florida have taken the bold step to enact 100 percent smoke-free campus policies.

• In June 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law amending the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act to give school boards the authority to designate all district property as tobacco free. Currently, all but two (65 total) school districts have implemented tobacco-related policies.

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