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LAKE COUNTY EMPLOYERS NOW TOBACCO FREE

By Noelda Lopez

June 20, 2019

Contact:
Noelda Lopez, Public Information Specialist
Noelda.Lopez@flhealth.gov
Office: 352-589-6424, After Hours: 352-728-7662

Eustis, FLThe Florida Department of Health in Lake County and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Lake County would like to congratulate the following employers on adopting a Tobacco/Smoke-Free Grounds Policy including the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)—also known as electronic cigarettes or personal vaping devices—for the 2018-2019 year.

  • The Benton House: Clermont – November 15, 2018
  • Headquarter Honda, Clermont – March 1, 2019
  • Headquarter Mazda, Clermont – March 1, 2019

“It’s hard enough to quit smoking without having to worry about the financial barriers. As an employer, creating a supportive workplace culture that effectively communicates about the Quit Your Way program can help employees find the support they need to become tobacco free.” said Debbie Walter, Senior Health Educator with the Florida Department of Health in Lake County.

Tobacco Use and the Bottom Line

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Florida and the United States. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. According to the CDC, smoking hurts the US economy, costing more than $300 billion annually in direct medical care and lost productivity, including $5.6 billion a year in productivity losses from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Recent studies of the private-sector in the United States have suggested that employees who smoke cost businesses on average more than $6,000 per year when compared to nonsmoking employees. The cost to Florida businesses comes primarily in the form of increased healthcare costs and productivity losses.

If you would like more information or assistance on implementing a Tobacco Free or Smokefree Policy, please contact Debbie Walter, Senior Health Educator at 352-483-7992 email  debrah.walter@flhealth.gov or visit: www.tobaccofreeflorida.com.

About the Florida Department of Health

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About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 212,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida's free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.

 

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