Highlights: FloridaTobacco 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
Did You Know?
2014 was 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 2014 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 1,300 people per day.
Secondhand smoke kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year.
28 states and Washington, D.C. 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 states plus the District of Columbia's cigarette taxes are $1.54 per pack.
Nine states have taxes on other tobacco products equivalent to their state's cigarette taxes.
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 2015).
No states approved cigarette tax increases large enough to impact smoking rates in 2014.
No states approved a comprehensive smokefree workplace law in 2014.
2 states—Indiana and Massachusetts—offer a comprehensive cessation benefit to tobacco users on Medicaid.
The average amount states invest in quitlines is $3.65 per smoker in the state.
Nationwide, the Medicaid program spends more than $40 billion in healthcare costs for smoking-related diseases each year—more than 15 percent of total Medicaid spending.
A recent study found that CDC's Tips from Former Smokers media campaign is highly cost effective in helping smokers quit and reducing smoking-caused deaths.
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.
41 states and Washington, D.C. 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, more than 3,200 kids under 18 try their first cigarette and about 700 kids become new, regular smokers.
Each day, more than 2,300 kids try their first cigar.
Smoking costs the U.S. economy $356 million in direct healthcare costs and $411 million in lost productivity each day.
The five largest cigarette companies spent over $22.9 million dollars a day marketing their products in 2011.
Secondhand smoke causes $5.6 billion in lost productivity in the U.S. each year.
Smoking rates are almost twice as high for Medicaid recipients compared to those with private insurance.
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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