West Florida AHEC, New Directions in Community Health

"Educating Toward a Healthier Community"

Youth Cessation Services

Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature morbidity and mortality in the United States.  The majority of children smoke their first cigarette in early adolescence, and many older teens have well-established dependence on nicotine.  Efforts to promote and support tobacco cessation among these youth smokers are critical. West Florida AHEC has several programs available to assist youth and their families to become tobacco free!

In recent years, the emergence of new flavored tobacco products, presented in colorful and playful packaging and backed by hefty marketing budgets, have parents, teachers, health advocates, physicians, and communities rightly concerned. Flavored tobacco appeals to younger audiences. In Florida, one in six kids between the ages of 11 and 17 had ever tried flavored tobacco. (For more information visit, TobaccoFreeFlorida.com).

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