Tobacco takes a huge toll on life and its use can lead to disease, disability and ultimately death. If you are a smoker, please consider quitting now and access our free and effective statewide resources. If you are a non-smoker, please consider assisting family or friends in their quest to become tobacco-free by offering your support. There are numerous short-term and long-term benefits to quitting and staying quit.
We are working with community organizations and leaders committed to educating others about the consequences of tobacco use, helping protect kids from tobacco, and strengthening local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
You can learn more on this page about what we are doing right here in Duval County to make a difference. Together, we can help create a healthier Duval County for all residents and visitors. Please feel free to reach out to us.
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The mission of the Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition is to promote a tobacco-free atmosphere for Duval County residents, to improve the health of Duval County residents, visitors, and all Floridians by means including:
1. Significantly reducing tobacco use through prevention, education, cessation, and policy promotion. A high priority is placed on the youth because use of tobacco usually starts during adolescence.
2. Decreasing environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand and thirdhand) through education and policy promotion.
Youth & Tobacco Issues
Despite a decrease in the number of smokers in recent years, more than 18,900 kids (under age 18) in Florida become new cigarette smokers each year. Considering nine out of ten smokers start by age 18, it’s crucial to prevent kids from using tobacco during these pivotal years. Many youth have the attitude that they can “stop smoking at any time.” Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
Tobacco Free Florida along with Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and local partnerships, are committed to reduce youth smoking and tobacco use rates. The SWAT Chapter of Duval County has a presence in both public and private schools. Our activities and programs educate both youth and adults about how the tobacco industry targets youth, protecting young people from “starter” products like candy flavored tobacco and little cigars, and working with the community to limit our childrens’ access and exposure to tobacco. Because almost all smokers begin when they are kids, if we are able to eliminate youth smoking, we can end the tobacco epidemic.