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Implementation of a Regional Tobacco Cessation Model and Strategies with the Focus on Prevention in Rural and Underserved Communities in Florida


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting


Denver, CO

Date of original Performance / Presentation



INTRODUCTION: Florida has a history in tobacco prevention efforts emphasizing training of professions and smoking cessation. Of adults who smoke, 89 percent began smoking at 18 years or younger, with 20 percent of deaths in Florida attributed to cigarette smoking. The 2008 Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines presents compelling evidence that counseling is effective for smokers motivated to become tobacco abstinent. Although many smokers attempt to quit at least once, research demonstrates the majority will relapse. Formal cessation methods including group classes supported with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), promote a reduction in relapses.


Medicine and Health Sciences