Highlights: FloridaFlorida continues to experience remarkable success in reducing smoking rates among its residents in recent years. In 2013, only 2.6 percent of middle school and 8.6 percent of high school students reported smoking a cigarette at least once during the past 30 days. Since the Tobacco Free Florida program launched in 2007, there are about 70,000 fewer youth smokers and 272,000 fewer youth exposed to secondhand smoke. The progress seen in Florida is consistent with the nationwide trends of decreases in cigarette use and increases in smokefree policies. The American Lung Association in Florida continues to be at the forefront of tobacco-related issues and a leader in fighting for policies that address tobacco use by children, smoking in public places and helping those addicted to tobacco quit for good.
During the 2013 Legislative Session, the Lung Association, along with our partners, continued its work maintaining the integrity of a state constitutional amendment requiring the Florida Legislature to allocate at least 15 percent of the state's annual tobacco settlement payments to a tobacco prevention program. The Lung Association successfully safeguarded these funds from allocation to special projects not intended by the state law and ensured certain key programs were maintained.
The Fiscal Year 2013-2014 state budget included $65,640,769 for the Florida-wide Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Program, as well as language that permitted the Florida Department of Health to offer nicotine replacements and other treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat tobacco dependence. The legislature also required all contracts awarded through the program to include performance measures and measurable outcomes and be based on several factors, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control.
The Lung Association 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.
Florida's Clean Indoor Air Act preempts local governments from enacting laws stronger than the state. Although the Act was amended in 2011 to authorize district school boards to adopt rules prohibiting any person from smoking tobacco on, or in, any district-owned or district-leased facility or property, many are frustrated that it still does not allow them to protect children from secondhand smoke in parks and other outdoor venues.
During 2014, 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 protect the Clean Indoor Air Act and convince legislators and public officials of the value of providing adequate cessation resources for Medicaid patients and state employees.
Florida State Facts
|Economic Cost Due to Smoking:||$12,879,031,000|
|Adult Smoking Rate:||17.7%|
|High School Smoking Rate:||8.6%|
|Middle School Smoking Rate:||2.6%|
|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 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. High school and middle school smoking rates are taken from the 2013 Florida 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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Did You Know
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the historic 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, which linked smoking to lung cancer and other deadly diseases for the first time.
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that about 8 million lives have been saved through tobacco control efforts since 1964, including 800,000 lung cancer deaths between 1975 and 2000.
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing over 1,200 people per day.
Secondhand smoke kills almost 50,000 people each year.
28 states and Washington DC have passed laws prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
New York has the highest cigarette tax in the country at $4.35 per pack.
Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents per pack.
The average of all state plus the District of Columbia cigarette taxes is $1.53 per pack.
Alaska and North Dakota are the only two states that fund their tobacco control programs at or above the CDC-recommended level (in Fiscal Year 2014).
Massachusetts and Minnesota approved cigarette tax increases large enough to impact public health in 2013.
2 states – Indiana and Massachusetts – offer a comprehensive cessation benefit to tobacco users on Medicaid.
2 states – Alabama and Georgia – offer virtually no help with quitting to most tobacco users on Medicaid.
In 2009, the American Lung Association played a key role in the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products.
The American Lung Association played a key role in airplanes becoming smokefree in the 1990s.
40 states and Washington DC spend less than half of what the CDC recommends on their state tobacco prevention programs.
States spend less than two cents of every dollar they get in tobacco-related revenue to fight tobacco use.
Each day, almost 3,900 kids under 18 try their first cigarette and more than 1,000 kids become new, regular smokers.
Each day, 3,000 kids try their first cigar.
Smoking costs the U.S. economy $263 million in direct health care costs and $266 million in lost productivity each day.
The five largest cigarette companies spent over $22.9 million dollars a day marketing their products in 2011.
The American Lung Association has been fighting smoking and tobacco use since the 1950s.
Smoking rates for Medicaid recipients are over 50 percent higher than the general population.
Only 4 states – Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming – fund their quitlines at or above CDC-recommended levels.
A 2013 study of California’s tobacco prevention program shows that the state saved $55 in healthcare costs for every $1 invested from 1989 to 2008.
A 2012 study of Massachusetts’ comprehensive Medicaid quit smoking benefit found that Massachusetts saved $3 for every $1 spent helping smokers quit in just over a year.
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