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The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has free resources to help you quit

By Stefany Strong

January 09, 2015

January 9, 2015

Communications Office

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has free resources to help you quit
-More than 1.7 Million Floridians Want to Quit Smoking Completely

DAYTONA BEACH  - A new year is a new opportunity to set health goals and stick with them. For many, it is a chance to quit tobacco. Fortunately, Volusia County residents don’t have to do it alone. The Florida Department of Health and the Tobacco Free Florida program have free, proven-effective resources that can double a tobacco user’s chances of quitting.

There are plenty of reasons to quit. In fact, quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to one’s life expectancy. The health benefits of quitting smoking begin almost immediately after one’s last cigarette and continue for years if one quits for good.

“There are 88 deaths daily in Florida from tobacco related illnesses,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. “It is very important for people who smoke to stop and for those who do not smoke, don’t start.”

Quitting tobacco may be difficult, but it is not impossible. There are more former smokers than current smokers in the state. Those who have tried to quit in the past but relapsed are encouraged to try again as quitting smoking may require several attempts. ,

Tobacco Free Florida helps tobacco users create comprehensive and personalized quit plans, which increase the chance of success. Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), like the patch or a combination of the patch and nicotine gum, is available while supplies last and if medically appropriate.

Tobacco Free Florida offers 3 Free & Easy Ways to Quit:

  • CALL: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach® who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.

  • CLICK: Tobacco Free Florida’s online cessation tool can be accessed at

  • COME IN: Sign up for group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 1-877-QUIT-IT-NOW or visiting

“The number of cigarette smokers in Florida has reached an all-time low, yet too many residents struggle with tobacco’s deadly addiction,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “While every person will have a unique path to overcoming tobacco addiction, many can greatly benefit from the state’s evidence-based resources that are available free of charge.”


The Department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit. Since 2007, more than 126,140 Floridians have successfully quit, using one of these free services. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit resources, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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