Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand smoke is to those around it. In fact, 28,600 adults in Florida die from smoking (443,000 deaths a year nationwide) every year. For every person who dies, another 20 suffer from one or more serious illnesses from smoking.
Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer death in the United States. Lung cancer is not the only type of cancer that can be caused by smoking. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 174,100 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body including cancers of the lung, mouth, nose, throat, larynx (voice box), trachea (wind pipe), esophagus, kidney, ureteral, bladder, cervical, bone marrow and blood.
Smokeless tobacco products have taken a backseat to smoking for decades, but are recently gaining ground in overall usage and use among young people. Smokeless tobacco includes chew, spit, dip, snuff, snus and a host of new dissolvable products. They are simply not a safe alternative to smoking and they can be as addictive as, or more addictive, than cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco causes many significant health problems, including several types of cancer. Smokeless users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer and a 60 percent higher risk of pancreatic and esophageal cancer. Smokeless tobacco products can also increase the risk of a fatal heart attack and stroke.
In addition, there is no scientific evidence that using smokeless tobacco products can help a person quit smoking. Using smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.
How to Quit
Tobacco Free Florida knows quitting can be very hard, but it’s not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida. With the right help, resources, and the support to keep you going, Tobacco Free Florida can give you the best chance to quit for good.
For each person, overcoming nicotine addiction is different and we can help you choose a path to quitting that works for you. In fact, Tobacco Free Florida’s quit services can double your chances of quitting any form of tobacco for good.
Tobacco Free Florida offers 3 Ways to Quit. For more information on these free and convenient resources, visit Tobacco Free Florida.
3 Ways to Quit
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For more information on how tobacco use affects your body and how you can quit, visit www.TobaccoFreeFlorida.com
The Legislature recognizes that there is a State Constitutional amendment that requires the funding of a statewide tobacco education and use prevention program that focuses on tobacco use and youth. In order to effectively implement the many aspects of the tobacco program, the legislature establishes the Tobacco Advisory Council (TAC) in section 381.84, Florida Statutes in 2007. The TAC is comprised of 23 members, with the State Surgeon General serving as the chair. The TAC meets quarterly, twice in-person and twice by conference call. The main duties of the TAC are to offer advice to the Surgeon General on the direction and scope of the Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Program.