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March 2017 Newsletter

The Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators is entering the final quarter for SY17.  Teachers across the state are working through the course content and preparing to teach their lessons before their students go on summer break.  The time is now to register and start working on this professional development for your certificate renewal.  Don't wait, the average time it takes to complete the 60-point course is about 3 months, which is what we have left in this school year.  This short video will give you a quick outline of the course requirements, like a video syllabus, to help you decide if this is the right PD for you.  Last year our graduates taught tobacco prevention to over 22,000 Florida students.  Let's help make this generation, the last one to have tobacco in their lives.  Tobacco Free Today & Everyday!

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Health benefits include protection of all from harmful secondhand smoke exposure, protection of young children from toxic cigarette butts and other tobacco litter, and a positive role model for youth. One in four children in Florida report being subjected to secondhand smoke while at the beach or playing in a park.

Battery Safety Concerns in ENDS

A public workshop on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems will be held on April 19-20, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at:

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)
FDA White Oak Conference Center
Building 31, Room 1503
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20993-0002

For more information, including who should attend in person or by webinar, click on this link.

Roswell Park-led national study details tobacco use

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Despite a decline in cigarette smoking over the years, tobacco remains a health risk for many people, with nearly 28 percent of adults regularly using one or more of an assortment of products, according to results of a major national study led by Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is collecting information from 46,000 tobacco and non-tobacco users in 150 randomly selected counties in the United States to better understand how they are using the products.

Adult Smoking In Florida At Lowest Rate Ever

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In 2015, smoking among adults in Florida dropped to 15.8 percent, the lowest it has ever been. State health officials are celebrating the decline and giving much of the credit to passage of a constitutional amendment ten years ago.

In the late 1990's, Florida was one of just four states to craft its own multi-billion dollar settlement with the nation’s big tobacco companies. About a decade later, Florida voters approved a ballot measure mandating that the state use part of that money to provide a dedicated funding source for smoking prevention education.


Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that not only perpetuates tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States, but also has its own adverse effects. Nicotine addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease and the prevalence of nicotine addiction is higher than that of alcohol and other drug addiction. The use of nicotine-containing products not only is associated with developing nicotine addiction, but also with using and becoming addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

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Despite the decline in recent years in the use of cigarettes, the use of alternative, non-cigarette nicotine products has been rising dramatically. While the overall harm of these products appears to be considerably lower than the harms associated with cigarette use, all nicotine-containing products carry the risk of addiction and other adverse health effects and, therefore, are a threat to the public health.

Latest Course Graduates in 2017

The following educators have completed one of the two Tobacco Prevention courses in January and February.  So far, our 42 completers have taught tobacco prevention lessons to over 5,000 Florida students.  Help make this the last generation that has tobacco in their lives.
Light Purple background indicates completion was in the 30 point course.

First Name

Last Name


Marcia Hill Manatee
Lisa Montgomery Palm Beach
Michelle Riker Palm Beach
Alexandra Scerbo Palm Beach
Tracey Hicks Flagler
Jenn Chroniak Palm Beach
Mary Kay Mathis Columbia
Marsha Cohn Palm Beach
Teresita Indekeu Palm Beach
James Dack Palm Beach
Anthony Acierno Broward
Patricia Astin Palm Beach
Brooke Neal Santa Rosa
Tracy Pisano Sarasota
Susanna Cox Palm Beach
Kristen Garuckas Palm Beach
Catherine Rudder Palm Beach
Dax Rankine Palm Beach
Erick Costa Dade
Lauren Jones Palm Beach
Robert O'Hara Palm Beach
Jaime Calderon Seminole
Andrew Quinn Palm Beach
Jennifer Ferrer Dade
Joshua McGriff Palm Beach
Adriana Fundora Dade
Jose Baixauli Dade

Cross City Fly-In Air Show adds E-Cigarettes to Tobacco Free Policy

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The 3rd Annual Cross City Fly-In and Business Expo will be held at the Cross City Air Port on April 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Dixie Chamber of Commerce puts on this annual event, and the Tobacco-Free Partnership of Dixie County is a silver sponsor for the event this year.

Admission to this event is free for all attendees, and booths are set up by local businesses, community group,s and churches allowing the visitors to play games, learn about local issues, and purchase locally-made items.  Some of the entertainment includes live music, kiddie rides, plane & helicopter rides, military displays, RC/Aircraft Demos, Car & Bike Show, and (if weather permits) a hot air balloon and a Blimp.

Last year the Chamber of Commerce made the decision to protect attendees of the Fly-In Air Show by making the event Tobacco-Free.  Members of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Dixie County presented a tobacco free policy to the Dixie County Commissioners that included combustible and smokeless tobacco for all visitors, vendors and volunteers.  The commissioners passed the policy because they wanted this to be a free and health event for everyone. The Tobacco-Free Partnership of Dixie County provided the signage for the event and participated as a vendor. Tobacco Free signage was posted throughout the event.

2nd & 3rd Hand Smoke - What you don't know

This cartoon, submitted by a course participant, is a great example of how to teach lessons to students is ways they understand and respond favorably to.

What you May Not Know...