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Tobacco Education and Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Tobacco Education and Prevention

Tobacco Free Florida Nassau CountyThe Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Tobacco Education and Prevention Program offers a variety of tobacco prevention, education and volunteer opportunities for youth and adults in Nassau County.

Since tobacco is the #1 cause of preventable death in the United States, we are working diligently towards a Tobacco Free Florida and a Tobacco Free Nassau County through Tobacco Free Partnership Nassau and Nassau County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT).

Program funding is received through Amendment #4, requiring the funding of a Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Prevention Program, which can be found in Florida Statutes 381.84.

Nassau County's Tobacco Program has four goals:

Goal 1: Prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.
Goal 2: Eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.
Goal 3: Promote cessation from tobacco use.
Goal 4: Build and maintain an effective Tobacco Free Partnership and SWAT Chapter.

Get Involved 

Joining Students Working Against Tobacco. SWAT membership is open to Nassau County students from Fifth to 12th grade. SWAT membership allows young people to become advocates for change of the tobacco norm of Nassau County. SWAT members are involved in educating the public through public speaking and by participating in parades and other community events and activities. For more information call the Tobacco Education and Prevention Program at 904-548-1866.

Joining Tobacco Free Partnership Nassau. Community members from all walks of life have joined SWAT youth in creating a partnership of concerned citizens who would like to see a change in the culture surrounding tobacco in Nassau County. These partners serve as advocates for change working with decision makers in the community. If you are interested in becoming involved with Tobacco Free Partnership Nassau, call 904-548-1867.

Community Services 

The Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Tobacco Education and Prevention Program can lend this banner to any public event that would like to be a Tobacco Free Event. Also, the tobacco staff and SWAT are available for tobacco education booths. Call 904-548-1866.

It is against Florida law for youth under the age of 18 to be in possession of tobacco. Youth who are given a citation for tobacco possession must appear before the Nassau County Superior Court or before the Teen Court. The most common “sentence” is to attend Tobacco Citation Classes. The Tobacco Education and Prevention staff provides a three class curriculum to satisfy the court’s requirement. To enroll a youth in Tobacco Citation Classes, call 904-548-1866.

Promoting cessation from tobacco use is a main concern for the Tobacco Education and Prevention Program.

The Florida QUITLINE at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW offers free telephone counseling and free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, lozenges and gum).

Northeast Florida Area Health Education Centers at 1-877-QUIT-IT-NOW offers local cessation classes throughout the year in Nassau County.

For more information about tobacco issues, visit the Tobacco Free Florida website.

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. Every six seconds, someone in the U.S. dies because of tobacco.

Get involved! The health of our community depends on it!