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The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is calling for quit attempts during The Great American Smokeout

Miami, Fla. – With the annual Great American Smokeout taking place on November 17, Tobacco Free Florida in Miami-Dade County is using this celebration to encourage people to make a plan to quit smoking using the free tools and services available to Floridians.

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which dates back more than 40 years, marks a date when smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan or begin their quitting journey.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is working with local organizations across the county to encourage staff and community members to quit smoking for the Great American Smokeout. This year, local organizations, health care systems, and the Miami-Dade Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter are raising awareness about the dangers of using tobacco, nicotine, and electronic vapor products (EVP). They will also share effective evidence-based resources available to help those who use tobacco, nicotine and/or EVPs successfully quit through virtual and in-person activities, emails or social media platforms while observing the Great American Smokeout .

Quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to life expectancy. The health benefits of quitting smoking include reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, improving lung function and reducing the chance of getting a range of different cancers.

Information on the history of the Great American Smokeout, national smoking cessation activities, and other materials can be found at https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout .html. Tobacco Free Florida’s quit tips, resources and more are available at www.TobaccoFreeFlorida.com or by calling 1-877-U-CAN-NOW.

About Tobacco Free Florida

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by the Florida Tobacco Settlement Fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 254,000 Floridians have successfully stopped using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are about 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida now than there were 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. For more information on 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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