February 2016 Edition

The Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS)

In 2006, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution. The voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring the Florida Legislature to appropriate 15 percent of the tobacco settlement payment (adjusted annually for inflation) to fund the comprehensive statewide tobacco education and use program.

The 2007 Florida Legislature passed Section 381.84, Florida Statutes, implementing the constitutional amendment and directing the Department of Health to create a comprehensive statewide tobacco education and use prevention program consistent with the CDC Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. In addition, the statute established a Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council to provide advice to the State Surgeon General on the direction and scope of the program. Membership of the council includes tobacco prevention experts ranging from state medical school deans to representatives of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and other tobacco prevention and cessation advocates.

The 2016 FYTS is now underway. Schools in all Florida districts are randomly chosen to participate. With the data we get from these surveys, we are better able to plan the content for each of our courses. As teen smoking is decreasing in Florida, indicators point toward the increased trend in e-cigarettes and alternative delivery systems.

The 2015 FYTS State Level Reports

The Countdown Is On...

Do you know a teacher, administrator or counselor who needs points to renew their certificate? Time is ticking. We now offer a 30-point course as well as the more familiar 60-point course.

Act today! The average number of days it takes to complete one of the courses stands at 66 days. This school year will be over in the blink of an eye. Don't wait, register now!

Download the flyer and spread the word. You'll potentially be saving lives at the same time. Let's all help Florida students make better choices on tobacco use. For more information on the two courses, watch the video summaries here. Thank you for helping to make Florida schools tobacco free.

E-Cigarette Advertising and Youth

About seven in 10 middle and high school students—more than 18 million young people—see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or in television and in movies. E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes, such as independence, rebellion, and sex used to sell cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause youth to start using those products.

E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine, which at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use. In 2014, e-cigarettes became the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes. During 2011 to 2014, current e-cigarette use among high school students soared from 1.5 percent to 13.4 percent, and among middle school students from 0.6 percent to 3.9 percent. Spending on e-cigarette advertising rose from $6.4 million in 2011 to an estimated $115 million in 2014. read on

2015 Surgeon General's Report:

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress

For more than fifty years, the Surgeon General has been reporting about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. The findings have inspired us to help smokers quit and keep young people from starting smoking in the first place. We know the strategies that work and we are in the forefront of an historic opportunity to end the tobacco epidemic. If we work together, we can save millions of lives.

Download the complete report from here.

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Tobacco Prevention - Best Served Through Education

According to the CDC, current cigarette smoking was highest among persons with a graduate education degree certificate (GED) and lowest among those with a graduate degree. While this statistic seems like common sense, I was astounded to see that the number of adults who returned to school to get their GED's had a higher rate of smoking than those who simply dropped out of school before graduating. Although neither number is acceptable, 43% of adults with GED's smoked, while almost 23% of dropouts smoked. As you'd expect, the higher the degree, the less likely you are to be a smoker.

Education is the best medicine, which is why our courses are so effective. Once Florida educators complete the course and teach their lessons, they become the biggest advocates for tobacco prevention here in Florida. Make a Florida students make the right choice as far as tobacco use goes.

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There is no substitute for hard work - Thomas Edison 

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Congratulations to Our Latest Completers!

This course takes hard work! We know that you have to put in the time and effort to succeed with either one of the courses we present. It isn't easy. But, you know what? You get out of something what you put into it! Over 1,200 Florida students have been impacted by lessons on tobacco prevention by the participants who have completed so far. The number of students affected by these lessons is really beginning to add up. If all of our registered participants (400 to date) complete one of the courses, we will get the word to more than 32,000 Florida students this school year.

Remember, nearly 9 out of 10 (88%) long-term smokers start smoking in their teens. Let's arm them with the knowledge that can help to save their lives.

Congratulations to all of our course completers. Spread the word, you CAN make a difference.

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