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Highlights: Florida

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association and its partners have committed to three bold goals:
1. Reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent by 2024;
2. Protect all Americans from secondhand smoke by 2019; and
3. Ultimately eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.

The American Lung Association in Florida recognizes that these bold goals will only be met in Florida if these following three actions are taken by our elected officials:
1. Substantially increase the price of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices;
2. Strengthen Florida's smokefree air law by removing exemptions; and
3. Increase tobacco control funding to CDC-recommended levels.

During the 2014 legislative session, the American Lung Association in Florida was able to protect funding for Tobacco Free Florida and ensure an additional $972,961 - an increase based on the consumer price index, was allocated. This increase brings the total budget for the program to $66,613,730. The Lung Association in Florida will continue to ensure that the allocation of these dollars follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Best Practices for Tobacco Control Programs, are competitively procured, and that rigorous performance measures are included in any contracts managed by the Florida Department of Health.

Since its inception, Tobacco Free Florida has seen continued success due to sustained funding and innovative programing. One such innovation is a campaign conducted by Florida's youth program - Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). Not A Replacement was developed to empower youth to speak out against tobacco industry marketing practices and declare they are Not A Replacement for the 1,200 Americans that die each day from tobacco. Using selfie statements place cards, pictures were shared using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with over 5,000 selfie statements being mailed to R.J. Reynolds.

Florida has seen a significant decline in secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing facilities over the past few years. As of June 2014, there were more than 760 multi-unit housing properties in Florida with smokefree policies.

The Lung Association in Florida is the lead agency of the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance, whose goal is to educate employers on the health and economic benefits of providing tobacco cessation coverage for their workforce. In partnership with the Florida Department of Health, the Alliance maintains an educational website and works statewide, as well as with the 67 county tobacco-free partnerships, on this important health initiative.

During 2015, the American Lung Association in Florida will continue to ensure the state has a highly effective and well-funded tobacco prevention and control program, vigilantly work to improve the Clean Indoor Air Act and work to significantly increase the cost of tobacco products.

Florida State Facts

Economic Cost Due to Smoking: $12,879,031,000
Adult Smoking Rate: 16.8%
High School Smoking Rate: 7.5%
Middle School Smoking Rate: 2.3%
Smoking Attributable Deaths: 28,607
Smoking Attributable Lung Cancer Deaths: 9,553
Smoking Attributable Respiratory Disease Deaths: 7,393

Adult smoking rate is taken from CDC's 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. High school and middle school smoking rates are taken from the Florida 2014 Youth Tobacco Survey.

To Get Involved, Contact:

  • American Lung Association in Florida
    6852 Belfort Oaks Pl.
    Jacksonville, FL 32216
  • 904 743 2933

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