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CITRUS COUNTY SPOTLIGHTS TOBACCO USE AND LUNG HEALTH FOR WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

By Audrey Stasko, Public Information Officer

June 04, 2019

Lecanto, Fla.The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) and Tobacco Free Florida are committed to raising awareness around the issue of tobacco use, its negative health effects and the need to quit to improve lung health. In recognition of World No Tobacco Day, Friday, May 31, DOH-Citrus will host an interactive table display for Citrus County residents and visitors starting at 11 a.m. at the DOH-Citrus Lecanto Office, 3700 W. Sovereign Path.

DOH-Citrus Tobacco Program staff will provide information on electronic cigarettes, the dangers of secondhand smoke and Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way class schedules and resources. Staff will also demonstrate the harmful effects of secondhand smoke through a realistic lung display.

Each year, World No Tobacco Day aims to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. Observed around the world by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, May 31, this year’s focus is on Tobacco and Lung Health. The campaign also serves as a call to action to reduce tobacco consumption and engage stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight against tobacco.

Smoking can cause lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.[1],[2],[3] In fact, smoking causes about 80 percent of all deaths from COPD and is the number one risk factor for lung cancer for both men and women.[4],[5] Nearly nine out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking.[6]

Quitting smoking is a major step to improving your health, including reducing the risk of COPD and lung cancer. At any age, the sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal.[7] Two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, your lung function begins to improve.[8] One to nine months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.[9] Ten years after quitting smoking the risk of dying from lung cancer drops to about half that of a current smoker.[10]

Tobacco Free Florida aims to educate Floridians on the various ways to quit andsupports them through the process – on World No Tobacco Day and year-round.  If you smoke, or if a loved one smokes, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Quit Your Way program offers free and proven-effective resources to help you get started.

For more information about Quit Your Way, please visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.

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About Tobacco Free Florida

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 212,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida's free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs.[11] To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.

[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. COPD External[accessed 2019 February 13].

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2018 Dec 7].

[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Let’s Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free: Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2019 Jan 23].

[4] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 

[5] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Let’s Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free, Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/consumer-guide.pdf [Accessed 2018 August 13.]

[6] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Let’s Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free, Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/consumer-guide.pdf [Accessed 2018 August 13.]

[7] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010.

[8] Jenna Fletcher, Medical News Today. What happens after you quit smoking?. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317956.php.  Medical News Today. [Accessed 2018 August 3.]

[9] US Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General. 1990. Accessed at www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/ on September 9, 2016.

[10] Jenna Fletcher, Medical News Today. What happens after you quit smoking?. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317956.php.  Medical News Today. [Accessed 2018 August 3.]

[11]Mann, Nathan M, Nonnemaker, James M., Thompson, Jesse. "Smoking-Attributable Health Care Costs in Florida and Potential Health Care Cost Savings Associated with Reductions in Adult Smoking Prevalence." 2016.