Tobacco Free Brevard

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HERE ARE A FEW QUIT TIPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED:

 ● Make a plan and set a quit date. This will help keep you prepared, focused, and motivated to quit.
 ● Tell your family and friends when your quit date is and ask them for support.
 ● Have sugar-free gum or mints available for when cravings kick in.
 ● Drink lots of water.
 ● At first, avoid coffee, soda, and alcohol.
 ● Keep healthy snacks handy, like carrots, celery, or fruit.
 ● Keep your hands and mouth busy. Try using cinnamon sticks, toothpicks, or straws.
 ● Clean anything that might smell like cigarette smoke – clothes, car, carpets, sheets, etc.
 ● At first, stay away from places where there might be smoking, like bars, nightclubs, and the outdoor areas of some restaurants.
 ●  Exercise, whether it’s at a gym, with friends, or on your own. Something as simple and easy like walking can help.

Contact Us

Valarie L. James, Program Director

Caitlen Christensen, SWAT Coordinator

Louise Serrano-Figueroa, Administrative Assistant

Michael Lake, Outreach Director

4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Suite 200

Melbourne, FL 32934

Phone: 321-726-2860 press 2 then 2709

We will review your email and reply within 2-3 working days. Thank you.

Vision

Our vision is a community where children, youth, and adults live free from the highly negative health, financial and environmental consequences of exposure to tobacco products.

Mission

The Mission of the Tobacco Free Brevard Partnership is to create a tobacco-free community by:

*Reducing the prevalence of tobacco use among youth, adults and pregnant women;

*Reducing tobacco consumption;

*Reducing exposure to Second-Hand Smoke; and

*Promoting Cessation Services.

Youth & Tobacco Issues

Start the New Year Tobacco-Free

Many smokers will ring in the New Year with resolutions to quit for good. People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for many diseases and premature death, while protecting family member and others around them from harmful secondhand smoke.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43.8 million Americans still smoke. About 70 percent of smokers want to quit, and more than half of them try to stop each year.

For those trying to quit, help is available right now by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting www.smokefree.gov.

According to the CDC, quitting smoking will:

·        Lower your risk for lung and other types of cancer.

·        Reduce your risk for coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

·        Reduce respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

·        Reduce your risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

·        Reduce your risk for infertility if you are a woman in your reproductive years. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low-birth-weight baby and other pregnancy complications.

Here’s a terrific infographic from BeTobaccoFree.gov that shows how the benefits of quitting smoking start immediately and grow over time: