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Tobacco Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Orange County

Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Free Orange County seeks to help smokers quit, prevent youth from starting the use of tobacco, and protect everyone from second-hand smoke.  This is done by increasing awareness about the risk of tobacco use and second-hand smoke, providing cessation support, and coordinating Students working Against Tobacco (SWAT) clubs in our public middle and high schools as well as at community centers. 
Be Free from Tobacco

There are many resources available for those wanting to quit. Tobacco Cessation Classes are available through the Central Florida AHEC Tobacco Program. Please check their web site for dates and times. Tobacco Free Florida offers 3 Free & Easy Ways to Quit: 1) phone-based counseling, 2) web-based counseling and 3) face-to-face counseling. If you or someone you know wants to be free from tobacco please visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or call the Quitline at: 1-877-U-CAN-NOW or 1-877-822-6669.

Tobacco Free Partnership

Tobacco Free Florida in Orange County is made up of a group of community members working to achieve four goals 1) reduce youth initiation of tobacco use, 2) eliminate second-hand smoke, 3) promote cessation and 4) infrastructure.  They aim to reduce youth initiation to tobacco use, eliminate second-hand smoke exposure, and promote cessation services available in Orange County.
Tobacco Free Florida in Orange County is working on the implementation of policies in four main goal areas:

Goal 1 – Prevent Youth Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

  • Policy to Counteract Tobacco Product Marketing at the Point of Sale –Retail Outlets
  • Policy to Restrict the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products not covered by the US FDA
  • Policy to Implement Tobacco Control Model Policies in K-12 Schools

Goal 2 – Eliminate Second-hand Smoke Exposure

  • Policy to Create Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Dwellings

Goal 3 – Promote Cessation from Tobacco Use

  • Policy which Increases the Number of Employers who offer Access to Cessation Services to their Employees

Goal 4 – Infrastructure

  • Policy to Create and/or Maintain Local Stand-Alone County Tobacco-Free Partnership
  • Policy to Establish and/or Maintain Local Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs

All Orange County residents are welcome to join this community partnership.  For more information please call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) at 407-858-1400 x1353.

Statistics

From Florida Charts
 

2010 data

  • 13.3% of Orange County residents are current smokers 22% of Orange County residents are former smokers 48.9% of current smokers in Orange County tried to quit smoking at least once over the past year

From 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey
 

37.6% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said they were exposed to secondhand smoke during the past 7 days.

  • 74.9% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said that they definitely did not think that smoking helps young people "look cool."
  • 68.4% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said that they have never smoked a cigarette and will definitely not smoke a cigarette in the near future or if a friend offered one.
  • 5.3% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said that they have smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days.
  • 6.5% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said that they have smoked cigars on one or more of the past 30 days.
  • 2.8% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said that they have used smokeless tobacco on one or more of the past 30 days.
  • 9.7% of Orange County youth between 11-17 said that they have used any form of tobacco on one or more of the past 30 days.

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs
Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is Florida’s statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco.  It is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.  By educating their peers and communities, SWAT youth work together to spread the message about the dangers of tobacco use and to deliver anti-tobacco facts and information.
To join you must be between the ages of 11-17 years old and be currently enrolled in public school in Orange County.
Orange County SWAT allows you to unite with other students from all over the state of Florida and take action to reach and educate the youth in your community about the dangers of tobacco use.
Current SWAT activities include:

  • Working with local and state government to change laws and support anti-tobacco proclamations
  • Attending local, regional and state training and meetings
  • Recruiting new members at school and community events
  • Building leadership and advocacy skills through training, peer-to-peer education and presentations

Orange County SWAT clubs are established in the following locations:

  • Oak Ridge High School, located at 700 W. Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL 32809
  • Orlo Vista, 1 N. Powers Dr., Orlando FL 32835
  • Dr. J. B. Callahan Neighborhood Center, located at 101 N. Parramore Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
  • Northwest Community Center, located at 3955 W.D. Judge Dr., Orlando, FL 32808

Please call 407-858-1400 for more information about Orange County SWAT, its chapters and meeting times.

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