Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
Tobacco addiction is among the leading preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in Florida and in the United States. Cigarette use, alone, results in an estimated 430,000 deaths each year in the US, including 28,700 deaths in Florida.
Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable premature death in the United States. The adult smoking rate in Putnam County is 23.6% which is above the state rate which is 17.1%.
The list of illnesses caused by tobacco use is long and contains many of the most common causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and lung, and vascular diseases.The tobacco industry spends close to $1 billion in Florida annually to market its products.
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County Tobacco Prevention and Control Program will provide technical support to help in the creation and implementation of tobacco free policies to reduce tobacco use, encourage youth to stay tobacco free and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
The Tobacco Prevention & Control Program receives grant money to mobilize the community to establish policies supporting long-term, social norm change. The major goals of this grant are to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among youth, adults, and pregnant women; reduce per capita tobacco consumption; reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce tobacco-related disparities in Putnam County.
Through the teamwork of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Putnam County (TFP), Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County, communities are working to prevent youth from smoking, assist smokers who want to quit, and educate parents on the dangers of secondhand smoke. In addition, through the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida, funding is provided to create tobacco free environments in Putnam County.
Primary Initiatives of the Program
- prevention of the initiation of tobacco use
- protection from secondhand tobacco smoke
- promotion of tobacco cessation