February 2017 Newsletter

Tobacco takes a huge toll on all our communities, and we need your support to make a difference. We are working with community organizations and leaders committed to educating others about tobacco use, helping protect kids from tobacco, and strengthening local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke. The impact teachers make on their students is huge, with over 22,000 students exposed to lessons from course completers last year.  This year we hope to expose over 25,000 students to tobacco prevention lessons from participants in the courses.  Together we can work to make this the last generation to have to deal with tobacco in their lives.

30 Point Course - An Effective Alternative

For those teachers that are looking for certificate renewal points this year, the Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators now offers 2 courses that may suit your needs.  In addition to the standard 60 point course, we now have a 30 point course that may be enough to satisfy your requirement while sending the intended message about prevention to your students at the same time.  If you are interested in earning 30 points while spending 1/2 the time in coursework, this lean option may be for you.  A short overview of the 30-point course is posted here.  For more information go to www.tobaccopreventiontraining.org or call us at 561-494-1415

Did FLORIDA make the grade?

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The American Lung Association in Florida calls for the following three actions to be taken by our elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:

  1. Substantially increase the costs of tobacco products including electronic smoking devices;
  2. Strengthen Florida's smokefree air law by removing the exemption for stand-alone bars; and
  3. Increase tobacco control funding to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended levels.



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December 8, 2016

The new U.S. Surgeon General’s report, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults, released today, warns E-cigarettes are much more harmful than many realize and recommends adopting evidence-based health strategies to educate young people. You can read the full Surgeon General’s report on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website here.

The lack of existing, focused curriculum for youth E-cigarette prevention is what led one of the senior scientific editors of today’s Surgeon General’s report, Steven H. Kelder, PhD, MPH, to write the CATCH My Breath program. Kelder collaborated with other researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living that he co-directs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. CATCH My Breath is distributed by the CATCH Global Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to improving children’s health worldwide.

Make The Right Choice

Congratulations to Course Graduates

The following teachers are the first 15 participants to complete this year's course.  Their renewal points will be awarded through their district Professional Development department this school year. Their efforts have already impacted over 3,500 Florida students with lessons on Tobacco Prevention.  Thank you for all you do for Florida students!

First Name Last Name District
Jill Holste Broward
Linda Lee Harrell Jackson
Patti Johnson Jackson
Daimy Neal Palm Beach
Karen Loisel Okaloosa
Nancy Arribas Dade
Larry McFarley Dade
Gabriel Flores Dade
Sonia Parikh Palm Beach
Juan Cespedes Dade
Shannon Whitney Palm Beach
Jonathan Ulsh Columbia
Pattie Hart Palm Beach
Virginia Flannery Palm Beach
Alicia Ostendorf Palm Beach

E-Cigarettes: What Vaping Does to Your Body

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Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have been on the market in the U.S. since 2008 and have gained wider use in recent years. Now, evidence is beginning to emerge on e-cigs' short-term effects, and their positive and negative impact on people's health.  E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.

National Report: Florida Ranks 14th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida ranks 14th nationwide in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. Florida is spending $67.8 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is just 34.9 percent of the $194.2 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report cites Florida as an example for other states because it has reduced high school smoking to a record-low 5.2 percent with a long-running and well-funded tobacco prevention program, called Tobacco Free Florida.

The report challenges states to do more to fight tobacco use – the nation's No. 1 cause of preventable death – and help make the next generation tobacco-free. Despite Florida's progress, 7,400 kids in the state become regular smokers each year. Tobacco use claims 32,300 Florida lives and costs the state over $8.6 billion in health care bills annually.

Pipes and Hookahs are NOT Safer