January 2016 Edition

Florida - working to prevent kids from smoking

ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida ranks 15th in the country in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released  by a coalition of public health organizations. Florida is spending $67.7 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 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 6.9 percent with a long-running and well-funded tobacco prevention program. Florida has cut its high school smoking rate by 75 percent since 1998, when the rate was 27.4 percent. more

Second-Hand Smoke: A Real Threat To Kids

recent survey conducted by Republic Polling found that likely voters in Florida overwhelmingly support a number of policy changes to reduce youth access to tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke in public places.

The survey found that 79% of Floridians are concerned about secondhand smoke in general , with 64% expressing that they are "very concerned" about the issue. With respect to youth exposure, an overwhelming 89% believe that secondhand smoke is harmful to children, with 77% reporting that they believe it is "very harmful". read on

Kick Butts Day is March 16, 2016

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 16, 2016. We're expecting more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.

On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;

  • Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and

  • Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996.


Florida DOE Chancellor Hershel Lyons Recommends Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators

On January 29th, Chancellor Lyons sent out this memorandum to all Florida Superintendents. In it he outlined this program and encouraged all Florida educators take advantage of this professional development opportunity.

With support from the Florida DOE, the Chief of Educator Certification, David C. LaJeunesse writes:
“This course appears to be generally appropriate for all educators and may be used as professional learning for professional certificate renewal. Professionally-certified teachers in Florida schools are awarded inservice credit through their employing school district or other approved school organization. Therefore, it would be essential for teachers to ensure that their school employers offer or accept the course for inservice credit as a component of their approved Master Inservice Plans. It would be unfortunate for a teacher to take the course and then not be given credit by their employer.” 

There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success. - Heather Bresch 

G Cathey Collier 60 point
J Hill Palm Beach 60 point
W McClain Jackson 60 point
J Habali Jackson 60 point
C Francisco Hernando 30 point
A Chambliss Palm Beach 60 point
D Puhlaski Pasco 30 point
N Gerena Palm Beach 60 point
K Duane Palm Beach 30 point
E Upshaw Palm Beach 60 point
M Embick Palm Beach 60 point
A Capi Palm Beach 30 point
M Snodgrass Seminole 30 point
D Cook Orange 30 point
P Yeater-Villa Palm Beach 30 point
N Erdmann Dade 60 point
M Martin Palm Beach 60 point
S Agostini Dade 60 point
B Hamilton Palm Beach 60 point
R Oleath Palm Beach 60 point
D Kemp Hillsborough 30 point
A Garcia Dade 60 Points
R Barry Broward 60 Points
M Cohen Dade 60 Points

Congratulations to Our February Completers!

Once you complete this course you become ambassadors for tobacco prevention. The numbers are piling up with graduates from one of the two courses. So far this year we have had 47 graduates who have taught prevention to over 2,500 Florida students. Here are just a few of their comments after completing the course:

* VERY Comprehensive. Material delivered in all types of mediums- excellent customer service - went above and beyond to help - anonymous

* The course was very informative. I learned more then I thought I would about tobacco. It was very interesting, and the way it was put together kept me interested. 
Thank you - "J.C." - Palm Beach

* This course will not only be beneficial for your students but also for you as an instructor. The vast amounts of information available is awesome and invaluable. I would take this course over again and again. "D.P." - Pasco

* This class will have a positive effect on you this year. Be persisent in your work AS THE CLASS IS VERY EXTENSIVE, BUT VERY INFORMATIVE. I SPENT NUMEROUS LUNCH HOURS WORKING, BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH IT!! - anonymous

* It's not as long as it looks. The assignments are fun and aren't as intimidating as they look. They have mastered the topic of tobacco prevention and will help. They understand you are a professional and have other things going on in your life. They accommodate and support you. - "J.H." - Palm Beach

* To future participants: Please have the time to dedicate to this course before you start. You will not be allowed to move forward early through the sessions. Good luck, overall great information and tools to show and use with your students. "M.S." - Jackson

Spread the word. Tell your colleagues. They could use points toward their certificate renewal also.

Students Explain What Happens When You Smoke

When we get an exceptional project from one of our participants, we like to share it with the world. When the product comes from one of their own students, even better. In this case, William Adams, from Heathrow Elementary in Seminole County, gave a lesson on the effects of tobacco on athletic performance. This video shows how well his lesson got through. Well done, and thanks for sharing - William. 

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