Tobacco Free Florida in Escambia County (TFF-Escambia)
- 850-595-6500, Extension: 1830 and 1831
Fairfield Service Center, 1295 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32501
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* – 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
- 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
Point of Sale
From the moment a young person walks into a store, the point-of-sale (POS) begins. Tobacco companies unreasonably target specific demographic groups such as youth, racial and ethnic minorities, and those of low income or education. Marketing of tobacco products is purposely designed to recruit smokers at an early age and maintain current smokers. The educational flyer above associates youth exposure to tobacco products and the influence it can have on tobacco initiation.
For more information please visit http://thefactsnow.com/
Point of Sale Infographic (603 KB: pdf)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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