Will 2013 Be the Year You Quit Tobacco for Good?

Resources Offered by the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Double Your Chances of Quitting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tobacco Free Alachua is encouraging tobacco users to create a comprehensive quit plan with the help of the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida’s resources:  The Florida Quitline, Web Coach or Area Health Education Centers’ in-person services.  A quit plan is the first step for a successful quit attempt. For those who use tobacco, the most important step to take for a healthier and longer life is to quit. Tobacco users who quit can double their chances at success by using the state’s free and convenient quit services.

Quit Smoking in 2013!

“If you are resolving to quit tobacco for the New Year, there are resources available to help you,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Counseling and medication are very effective and greatly increase your chances of quitting and staying tobacco-free for good.”

Tobacco Free Florida’s evidence-based resources include consultation from a certified and trained Quit Coach as well as FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), when appropriate. This combined approach of counseling and NRT can double or triple a tobacco user’s chance of quitting.[i]

Seven out of 10 adult smokers report that they want to quit completely.[ii] Those who have tried to quit but relapsed in the past should try again because most former smokers made several attempts before quitting permanently.[iii]

Quitting tobacco is hard, but it is not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers in the state.[iv] However, not having a plan can make quitting more difficult.

Tobacco Free Florida offers three ways to quit:

  • CALL: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.
  • CLICK: Enroll in the Web Coach®, which will help you create your own web-based quit plan that’s right for you, visit https://www.quitnow.net/florida.
  • COME IN: Sign up for Quit Smoking Now group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 1(866) 342-2730 or visiting www.srahec.com

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Tobacco Free Alachua is a diverse community partnership comprised of county and city officials, private citizens, and representatives from the local school board, health care organizations, law enforcement agencies, higher education institutions, local businesses, non-profit organizations and more. It aims to develop and promote policies which reduce the use and effects of tobacco within Alachua County. The partnership was established in 2008 and is funded by grants through the Florida Department of Health and supported by the Alachua County Health Department. For more information, visit http://www.tobaccofreealachua.org or call 352-334-7914.

Media Contact:  Andrew Romero, Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Tobacco Free Alachua, Alachua County Health Department
352-334-7914, Andrew_Romero@doh.state.fl.us


[i] Fiore MC, Jaen CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update. Clinical practice guideline. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service; 2008. Available at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/treating_tobacco_use08.pdf

[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2000. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2002;51(29):642–5 [accessed 2010 Jun 2].

[iii] DiClemente CC. Addiction and change: how addictions develop and addicted people recover. New York: Guilford Press, 2003.

[iv] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

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