Florida Pharmacy Association to sponsor Tobacco Free Florida Week

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Pharmacists joined by other health-care professionals, are promoting Tobacco Free Florida Week: Team Up to Quit, an education campaign beginning next week to help Florida consumers quit smoking.

The Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA) is proudly sponsoring the Sixth Annual Tobacco Free Florida Week, an effort to encourage members to help clients understand that it is in their best interest to be smoke free.

According to the 2014 Executive Summary Report on smoking, issued by the U.S Surgeon General, more than 20 million Americans have died of smoking since 1964, the first year of reporting American smoking figures.

Launched in 2007, Tobacco Free Florida reports that smoking in adults decreased from 21.1 percent in 2006 to 17.7 percent in 2012.  Youth smoking also declined to 6.1 percent from 10.5 percent in 2006.

The FPA understands that ending years of a constant smoking habit is not easy to achieve. And like having a personal trainer to improve physical fitness, the access to an expert pharmacist, as a smoking cessation coach, can help achieve those quitting goals.

Pharmacists are Florida’s most accessible health care professional, where in most cases an appointment is not required.

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