Smoke-Free Living Popular — and Spreading

On a recent afternoon at Rollins College, every student that stopped by our table, said they didn’t smoke – and preferred to have a smoke-free campus. The event was in honor of “National Smoke Out” day.

Healthy Central Florida partnered with Rollins College professor, Nancy Niles and her health marketing class, to expand and evaluate the progress of Breathe Free Central Florida.   Smoke Out Day was part of the strategy and the results of the informal poll were not surprising since only about 10% of Winter Park residents smoke.  The vast majority of all Americans (now about 84%) are non-smokers.

All over Central Florida and around the country, each year on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout.  The event is designed to encourage Americans to stop smoking.  The Smokeout challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for 24 hours with the hope it will continue forever.

Along with encouraging people to quit smoking, Healthy Central Florida is also heavily focused on eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke will help reduce cancer, heart attacks and strokes, asthma and ear infections in children, and decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, according to the American Cancer Society.

If you prefer smoke-free dining or wish your apartment or condo was smoke-free, then join us.  If someone lights up, speak up. Let a manager know that you don’t want to breathe unsafe second-hand smoke.

To learn more and to see a list of restaurants with smoke-free patios, visit:

 Breathe Free Winter Park.  If you need resources to help you quit, visit tobaccofreeflorida.com.