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Milton, FL – Tobacco free business, a growing trend throughout the state and country, is
making its way to Santa Rosa County. To date, 28 local businesses in Santa Rosa County
have implemented tobacco free policies, including:

CVS Stores
City of Milton
Santa Rosa County School District
Family Dollar Stores
Lowe’s Stores
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office
Santa Rosa County Jail
Blackwater River Correctional Facility
University of West Florida
GEO Corrections and Detention
Santa Rosa County Offices
Shane’s Rib Shack
Pruitt Health-Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Kids’ House
Majors Home Improvement
Camp Fire Gulf Wind
Healthy Start Coalition-Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Medical Center
Jay Medical Center
Milton Storage
Feeding the Gulf Coast
Edward Jones Investment
City of Gulf Breeze
King Air
Jeremy Reeder Financial Group
Emerald Coast Hospice
Community Health of Northwest Florida

“These organizations have created safer and healthier working environments by going tobacco
free,” said Vince Nguyen, Health Educator Consultant with the Florida Department of Health in
Santa Rosa County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking is the leading
cause of preventable death in the United States. Smokers, on average, die about 10 years
earlier than non-smokers. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease,
diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It also increases the risk of
complications during pregnancy, including pre-term delivery, low birth weight, and sudden infant
death syndrome (SIDS). Exposure to second-hand smoke causes problems as well. In addition
to an increased risk of heart attack, adults exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk for lung
cancer and stroke and children may experience ear infections and respiratory problems. ¹

Smoking costs Florida about $19.6 billion a year due to lost productivity, premature death, and
healthcare expenses. Tobacco free policies can save employers an average of $6,000 a year
per employee and reduce employee absenteeism. ²

Smokers who quit greatly reduce their risk for adverse health effects. Quitting can be
hard but help is available through Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way programs:

Phone Quit – By calling 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669), smokers can talk to a
“Quit Coach” who will help them assess their addiction and create a personalized quit
plan. The plan includes access to their Quit Coach 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.

Group Quit – By calling 1-877-848-6696, smokers can locate a support group, led by a
trained specialist, with meetings that are held at convenient times and locations in their

Web Quit – For the Do-It-Yourselfer, there are online resources that allow smokers to
create their own personalized, web-based plan for becoming tobacco free. Smokers can
track their progress and have access to blogs where they can share their personal

More Quit Tools – But wait, there are more ways to quit! Receive a 2-week starter kit of
free nicotine patches, if medically appropriate and 18 years of age or older, texting
support, a quit guide, or helpful emails. Choose what you need or use them in addition to
our Phone, Group, and Web services.

These options also include cessation aides such as nicotine patches or gum.

To learn how your business can go smoke-free, contact Vince Nguyen, Health Educator
Consultant with DOH-Santa Rosa, at 850-564-2253. To learn more about how
smoking impacts businesses, visit

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works
to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated
state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the
Florida Department of Health please visit

About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’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 234,000 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 were 10 years ago, and the state has saved
$17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your
Way services, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook at or on Twitter at