Tobacco Free Florida/Florida QuitLine
Tobacco Free Florida/Florida QuitLine (1-877-822-6669) is available to Florida residents through the Florida Department of Health. Included are five counseling sessions (eight for pregnant women), self-help materials, and coupons for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) assistance. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, and resources are provided in English and Spanish.
Florida AHEC Network
The AHEC Tobacco Training and Cessation Program delivers effective tobacco use treatment, cessation, and prevention services. The program is founded upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.
Five-week AHEC Tobacco Training and Cessation Programs are available locally to help you become tobacco free. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches are available at no cost. For information about these classes or to register, call 1-877-252-6094.
American Lung Association Smoking Cessation Programs
The American Lung Association helps thousands of smokers quit every year.
Freedom From Smoking® Online (FFS Online) is considered to be the gold standard of smoking cessation programs. It takes smokers through the same recommendations online and provides interaction with smokers from across the country. FFS Online begins with several lessons that provide solid information about preparing to quit on an established Quit Day. Smokers progress through the lessons and modules until they complete the entire program.
Smokers taking the Freedom from Smoking online course can receive additional assistance by calling the American Lung Association’s Lung Help Line at 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-548-8252). Nurses, respiratory therapists, and smoking cessation counselors are familiar with the plan and able to answer questions about a quit smoking medication and direct you to resources in your area.
Quitting smoking is not easy. To have the best chance of quitting and staying quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. You’ll find this information at: www.cancer.org
Centers for Disease Control
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to receive free educational materials and coaches who can help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
Use the Step-by-Step Quit Guide, talk to an expert, find tools to help you quit and learn about topics related to quitting. You can also call the NCI’s Smoking Quitline toll-free at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) to ask questions about quitting smoking. Counselors are available in English and Spanish. The hotline operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The site covers smoking-related topics that are often important to women, such as weight management and stress, and tells how to contact experts and find other resources.
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
Call 1-800-242-8721 (1-800-AHA-USA-1) www.americanheart.org
Call 1-888-478-7653 (1-888-4-STROKE) www.strokeassociation.org
Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries — which can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke. Controlling or reversing atherosclerosis is an important part of preventing future heart attack or stroke.
Offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. For free information on the 12-step program, meeting schedules and locations, printed materials, or information on how to start a group in your area go to: www.nicotine-anonymous.org.
Quit Now provides assistance with giving up cigarettes. You’ll find information about free apps and medicines that are available to help you stop smoking. Use the web page to contact an expert if you need additional assistance. Quit Now is part of BeTobaccoFree.gov, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency online or call 202-272-0167 to learn how to create a smoke-free home.
SFSC Dental Education Program
The South Florida State College Dental Program is offering tobacco cessation counseling, follow-up and prescription medications, if necessary, to staff/faculty and students who are patients of record of the dental clinic. An assessment will be completed of your oral and general health as well as follow up with a dental hygienist. Referral to other tobacco cessation resources will be made as appropriate. You may contact Dr. Deborah Milliken at 863-784-7023 for additional information and/or appointment.
SFSC Full-Time Employee Resources
SFSC full-time employees who need assistance may contact Human Resources any time.
SFSC Employee Assistance Program provides confidential access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida – BlueRewards
Lifestyle Improvement Programs, Smoking Cessation (earn 100 points)
A healthy lifestyle is the key to continued well-being. Changing your lifestyle for the better takes time and real effort. The Lifestyle Improvement Programs will help you do it and earn rewards at the same time. Quitting tobacco can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and improve your self-esteem.