CALL TO ACTION

Tobacco use and nicotine addiction are top health threats here in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.  In order to reduce the high rates of tobacco-related disease and deaths in our community, we must:  

  • Reduce Smoking:  Although our community has made progress reducing smoking over the past 20 years, we still have more smokers per capita than the rest of Florida or the nation. 
  •  Reduce Use of E-Cigarettes by Youth:  Tobacco company advertising for vaping products target youth and over 70% of local youth perceive that e-cigarettes are safe.  Across Florida, e-cigarette use among high school students tripled between 2013 and 2015 and is still growing.  E-cigarettes contain nicotine which leads to nicotine dependence.  Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking.  Plus, many e-cigarettes contain toxic cancer-causing chemicals and give off formaldehyde in the “harmless” vapor.

  • Reduce Smokeless Tobacco Use: As more places adopt smoking bans, advertising for smokeless tobacco has increased. What’s more, tobacco companies are creating new products including flavored versions that appeal to a young audience.  Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking; it increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers by 80% and the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 60%.

START TO BREATHE WELL TODAY

+ Everyone

Smart steps you can do to live healthier

  • Take a tobacco cessation class
  • Ask your physician about nicotine replacement
  • Give tobacco cravings time to subside – 4 minutes
  • Distract yourself when cravings hit – take a walk or call a supportive friend
  • Track tobacco cravings – this will help you avoid situations that might trigger cravings
  • If you do smoke, make sure that you do not smoke around others, particularly children
  • Find a buddy who also wants to quit or find a former tobacco user who can lend support

+ Workplace

Employers can support healthy behaviors during the 1/3 of our life we spend at work

  • Offer smoking cessation classes at the worksite or give employees time off to attend a class Free AHEC classes
  • Adopt a nicotine-free campus policy Sample policy Toolkit
  • Offer nicotine replacement as part of cessation program Free AHEC resources
  • Participate in the Great American Smokeout Third Thursday in November
  • Adopt a nicotine-free hire policy Sample policy

+ Places of Worship

Faith communities can help congregants achieve better physical as well as spiritual health

  • Offer smoking cessation classes at your church Free AHEC classes
  • Adopt a nicotine-free campus policy Sample policy Toolkit
  • Recruit members of your congregation to provide support to members trying to quit and to help facilitate cessation classes
  • Participate in the Great American Smokeout Third Thursday in November

+ Community

Activities to be addressed by Live Well Partnership’s Roadmap to Wellness

  • Run a new youth-oriented public awareness campaign on e-cigarettes
  • Encourage worksites and restaurants to amend tobacco-free policies to include e-cigarettes

RESOURCES

ORGANIZATIONS

 AHEC, West Florida AHEC  

  • Telephone Counseling: 1-877-822-6669
  • QUIT NOW: On-line Help
  • Group Support: weekly sessions for 6 weeks Register
  • Tools to Quit: 90-minute one-time class Register

Baptist Health Care Healthy Lives

  • Go Healthy! Nutrition 101
  • Go Fight! Diabetes 101
  •  Go Quit! Tobacco Cessation 101
  •  Weigh to Go! Weight-Loss 101

Florida Department of Health – Escambia         850-595-6500, extension 1831

  •  Healthy Environments Are Tobacco Free (HEAT)
  • Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: 850-595-6506 or 850-595-6072
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Students Working Against Tobacco
  • Tobacco Free Florida

Florida Department of Health – Santa Rosa      850-983-5200

  • Tobacco-Free Santa Rosa Coalition
  • Tobacco Cessation

Sacred Heart Health System  850-416-7764 or 1-888-461-6653 (toll free)

  • Tobacco Cessation Classes

Students Working Against Tobacco

  •  Escambia County -  850-595-6500, extension 1831
  • Santa Rosa County 850-983-5200            

Tobacco Free Florida

  •  Nicotine Replacement 2 weeks free        Get Started
  •  Phone Quit: 1-877-U-CAN-NOW / 1-877-822-6669            Get Started
  •  Quit Guide    (pdf)   (will need to upload pdf)
  • Text2Quit       Get Started
  • Web Quit       Get Started

 Let us know if you have a resource to help our community kick the nicotine habit.  Contact us about including your program.

 NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Cancer Society

  • Great American Smokeout
  • Get Help Quitting Tobacco

American Lung Association          

  • Quit Smoking Tools
  • Freedom from Smoking
  • Tools for Asthma, COPD and Lung Cancer

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Data, tips and tools, Surgeon’s General Report

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Regulations for e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products

SmokeFree.Gov

  • Resources and support for quitting tobacco including text messages and phone support