• Tobacco-Free Jacksonville is the community partnership of adults and youth working together to prevent youth tobacco use and youth exposure to second-hand smoke whereby youth conceive and carry out tobacco prevention. The purpose of the Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, Inc. is to promote a tobacco-free atmosphere for Duval County residents, to improve the health of Duval County residents and all Floridians though:

    • Significantly reducing tobacco use through prevention, education, cessation and policy promotion.
    • Decreasing environmental tobacco smoke through education and policy promotion.

    Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition is a resource for public education on the health effects of tobacco and smoking prevention. Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition supports legislative actions against tobacco.

  • MEETING SCHEDULE

    Tobacco-Free Jacksonville is open to any Duval County citizen who will support the goals of this coalition.

     

    Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. unless otherwise noted. Meetings take place in the conference room at the American Lung Association located at 6852 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

     

    ***Please note: September meeting will be held on 9/9/2016 due to the holiday weekend. Time and location remain the same.

     

    Upcoming events:

    • Lung Force 5K, August27, 2016. http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=14541&pg=entry

  • OUR PROGRAMS

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    CESSATION

    We know quitting can be very hard, but it’s not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida. With the right help, resources, and the support to keep you going, Tobacco Free Florida can give you the best chance to quit for good. For each person, overcoming nicotine addiction is different and we can help you choose a path to quitting that works for you.


    Tobacco Free Florida offers a number of free and convenient resources to help tobacco users quit.The Florida Quitline and Web Coach® are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    YOUTH ADVOCACY: SWAT

    Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.

    Youth in SWAT are engaged in activities that educate their peers and policy makers about the need to change social norms related to tobacco. SWAT not only promotes leadership, but also helps develop speaking skills and creates opportunities for youth to grow as community advocates. On a local level, SWAT members participate in leadership workshops, local parades, commercial contests, art contests, writing contests, and various other anti-tobacco programming. Students participate in local events such as: Relay for Life, carnivals, community wellness events, parades, leadership retreats, youth rallies, & peer education activities.

    To learn more about the Florida SWAT program, visit www.swatflorida.com. If you are interested in learning how to join the Duval County SWAT Chapter, please email Tobacco Program Manager April Seliga at aseliga@civcomweb.com. 
     

    TOBACCO-FREE WORKPLACES

    We assist employers in developing tobacco-free workplace policies. Creating a tobacco-free workplace not only provides a healthier environment for all employees, but also a supportive environment for employees who are in the process of quitting. Tobacco-free workplaces also protect customers and clients from secondhand smoke exposure and reduce tobacco product litter.

    TOBACCO-FREE COLLEGES

    While smoking is banned inside buildings, not all school campuses in Florida have comprehensive policies that restrict smoking and the use of other tobacco products on all of their properties or at their events. Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies are an important step in building a healthier future. These policies create a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff, while sending a clear message that tobacco use is dangerous and that it’s not a socially acceptable behavior. De-normalizing tobacco use through positive role modeling is one important step. If students don’t see adults at their schools using tobacco, then they’ll be less likely to think tobacco is acceptable and will be less likely to ever start.

    SMOKE-FREE MULTI-UNIT HOUSING

    We work with local apartment and condo communities to identify and implement smoke-free policy strategies that can create healthier environments for their residents–and a healthier bottom line for the landlord. Smoke-free apartments are less expensive to rehabilitate for new renters and some insurance companies provide discounts for smoke-free property policies.

    TOBACCO-FREE OUTDOOR SPACES

    Not only do tobacco products devastate the human body, they cause havoc on the environment–ending up in our waterways, along beaches and in our parks. Cigarette butts account for an extraordinary amount of waste. An estimated 1.69 billion pounds, or 845,000 tons, of cigarette butts accumulate as litter in lakes, in oceans, on beaches and on the rest of the planet annually. Only 10 percent of cigarette butts are properly deposited in ash receptacles. In fact, cigarettes and cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. Tobacco-Free Jacksonville and SWAT members volunteer to clean-up local beaches and parks to bring awareness to the environmental impact of tobacco product litter.  By educating community members about secondhand smoke and environmental issues of tobacco, we hope that more tobacco users will reconsider using tobacco in parks, playgrounds and beaches.

  • MEMBERS

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    Chair: Harry Reagan

    Vice Chair: Beth Jensen

    Board Member: Dr. Lynnette Kennison

    Board Member: Roy Fuller

    Board Member: Beverly Bolton

    Program Manager: April Seliga

  • CONTACT US

    Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, Inc.

    6852 Belfort Oaks Pl

    Jacksonville, FL 32216

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tobaccofreejacksonvilleFL/ 

    Email: aseliga@civcomweb.com