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Tobacco Free Florida in Escambia County (TFF-Escambia)

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The Tobacco Free Florida in Escambia County (TFF-Escambia) Program spearheads tobacco use prevention, social norm and policy change, and cessation initiatives for the entire Escambia County community.

The Program provides tobacco prevention education and social norm change materials tailored to the needs of your school, organization or facility.

Tobacco Free Escambia coordinates efforts for the following:

  • Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)
  • Students Ending Tobacco
  • Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing
  • Employer Cessation Policies
  • Healthy Environments Are Tobacco-free (HEAT)
  • Community and school tobacco prevention education & Campus Policies
  • And various other social norm and policy change initiatives.

ENDS  

ENDS* – better known as e-cigarettes – are dangerous devices that have become popular among Florida’s youth. Not much is known about what e-cigarettes do to the body. SWAT plays an important role in educating Florida’s youth on these products and empowering them to live a tobacco free life. To help inspire community change, here is a guide to talk to other students about the dangers – both known and unknown – of e-cigarettes.

 *ENDS – Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

There is a problem with misinformation regarding the safety (or lack thereof) of ENDS

Common incorrect assumptions:

  • E-liquid is safe (“flavored water”)
  • ENDS aerosol/emissions are safe
  • If there is no nicotine in e-liquid, it is safe
  • ENDS are a safe alternative to conventional cigarettes
  • The ENDS industry is completely different than the cigarette industry

Truth:

  • Dangerous chemicals can be found in e-liquids, particularly in certain flavors
  • ENDS companies are playing on youths’ feeling of invincibility
  • ENDS are new tobacco products, so many of the ingredients and their effects on your body are unknown (fear of the unknown)
  • Some of the most popular ENDS products are owned by Big Tobacco companies – the same companies that lied about the harmful nature of cigarettes

 

  • SWAT is called upon once again to be the truth tellers and fact messengers

fyi big tobacco also owns popular e-cigarette brands! #notalabrat SWAT

Social Smoking Still Harms Your Health 

If you think you’re not addicted because you only smoke on weekends, think again.

Studies show that people who smoke cigarettes can become addicted to nicotine in just a few weeks or even days after occasional smoking first begins. Some signs of nicotine addiction are feeling anxious or irritable, having strong urges to smoke or unsuccessfully trying not to smoke.

Whether you smoke “socially” or regularly, the chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause immediate harm to your body. Smoking immediately damages blood vessels making blood more likely to clot.

For more information please visit http://thefactsnow.com/

Social Smoking still harms your health. For more information visit us at EscambiaHealth.com

Great American Smokeout (GASO) 

In observance of the Great American Smokeout (GASO), Tobacco Free Florida is encouraging people across the state to quit smoking on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Great American Smokeout raises awareness about the dangers of smoking and the many effective resources available to help smokers successfully quit.

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Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) 

SWAT is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.

The mission is simple: Share the facts and let you decide for yourself.

SWAT empowers Florida youth to educate their peers about the manipulative tactics of Big Tobacco, so that together we can take a stand and make a change for the next generation.SWAT Logo

Now that you know a little more about us, it is time to help FIGHT BACK and save a generation of Floridians from tobacco addiction. You must be in middle or high school to join. Call 850-595-6506 to find out what you can do to be a part of the movement.

Visit the official SWAT website to access the facts or to learn more about the statewide movement. 

By the time you finish reading this, tobacco will take 4 moure lives. Do something about it. Join the fight. Contact us at 850-595-6500 ext 1831 SWAT Students Working Against Tobacco

Healthy Environments are Tobacco-Free (HEAT) 

The partnership meets every other month to:

  • Reduce tobacco use
  • Reduce our county’s youth initiation rate
  • Protect all residents from second-hand smoke exposure

Upcoming events and current tobacco issues and trends are also discussed. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Escambia County Tobacco Prevention Specialist at 850-595-6500. ext. 1830.

HEAT - Together We Can Make the Change Healthy Environments are Tobacco-free Join today. Call 850-595-6072 EscambiaHelath.com I want to grow up in a smoke free environment.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing 

Throughout the State of Florida, owners of apartment buildings and duplexes have begun to offer smoke-free units as an amenity for their residents. If you are interested in knowing more, please see our smoke-free multi-unit housing brochure (2.2kb; pdf). For additional information or to schedule a meeting about developing a smoke-free policy for your property, please call the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s (FDOH-Escambia) Tobacco Prevention and Control Program staff at 850-595-6506 or 850-595-6072.

Smoking Cessation Resources 

Quitting is one of the most important things you will ever do for yourself and the ones you love. Here are a few good reasons to quit using tobacco products:

  • Once you quit, you will have a chance to live longer and a better quality of life.
  • Your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or cancer will decrease.
  • If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, you will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.
  • The people who live with you, especially your children, will be healthier. Exposure to second-hand smoke increases the likelihood of bronchitis and pneumonia and increases the frequency and severity of childhood asthma.
  • You will have extra money to spend on other things like food, clothes, or vacations.

If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how difficult it can be. But we are here to help.

FDOH-Escambia offers a six-week “Quit Smoking Now” clinic to help Escambia County residents kick the habit. The program is supported by Escambia County Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and West Florida Area Health Education Centers (WFAHEC).

Class Schedule (314 KB; pdf)
 
For FREE quit counseling and nicotine patches, contact the Florida Quitline at 877-822-6669/1-877-U-CAN-NOW. You may also visit the Tobacco Free Florida website where you can link up with a Quit Coach, join the online “Quitter” group, and learn facts about cessation and upcoming events.

Location & Contact Information 

Northside Service Center
8390 North Palafox
Pensacola, FL 32534

The TFF-Escambia office is open
Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

For more information call
850-595-6500, Extension: 1830 and 1831