Tobacco Prevention Program
Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
Tobacco Prevention & Control Program
- Prevention of the initiation of tobacco use
- Protection from secondhand smoke
- Promotion of tobacco cessation
The Tobacco Prevention & Control Program serves as a resource for Putnam County to work towards local initiatives by raising awareness, providing education, facilitating partnerships, and promoting positive community change to reduce the burden of disease, disability and death associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
The Program provides technical assistance and support to help worksites, multiunit housing, parks and recreation, and community event organizers create and implement tobacco-free policies, including the restriction of vaping devices.
The goal is to reduce tobacco use exposure and make it easier for tobacco/vape users to quit. Tobacco-Free policies also improve social norms, making it easier for youth to stay tobacco/vape free, while greatly reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and secondhand vape.
There are proven benefits to adopting comprehensive tobacco free policies: This includes an increased return on investment, increased work productivity, reduced absenteeism, lower healthcare costs, lower risk for indoor fires, less secondhand smoke exposure, and a reduction in total cigarettes smoked per day.
The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County’s Tobacco Prevention & Control Program is grant-funded by the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida. Funding comes from money derived from the state’s tobacco settlement agreement with the major tobacco companies in 1997 for the amount fraud, racketeering, and expenses incurred from tobacco-related disability among Floridians. In 2006, this resulted in a state constitutional amendment to use a portion of the settlement money to establish a comprehensive tobacco education and use prevention program.
For more information or for assistance with creating your own tobacco free policy, please call Jennifer Ramos-Gagne, Tobacco Program Manager, as 386-326-3236