Group of diverse health care students representing tobacco program

Since July 2007, the Florida AHEC Network has received funding from the Florida Legislature as part of the constitutionally-mandated appropriation to the Florida Department of Health’s comprehensive anti-tobacco program. This funding has been used to develop and successfully implement a statewide program that reduces the use of tobacco by delivering effective, evidence-based tobacco cessation services in local communities, and training programs for healthcare professionals.

As a result, GSAHEC has trained numerous health professions students and healthcare providers from a wide range of disciplines to effectively address tobacco use and dependence with their patients, and provided tobacco cessation services to thousands of tobacco users in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

“If I can do it, anyone can!! I was embarrassed to keep going back (3 times I took the class), but you and the programs never gave up on me and now I have not touched a cigarette since June (4 months ago). I really thought I was never going to do it.”

Fred, DeSoto County

“Thank you for providing the smoking cessation class for the City of North Port. Your presentation style had the lasting impact needed for our diverse group of 5, and your continued encouragement has helped us to become quitters.”

Lori, Sarasota County

“I’m 77 years old, and I have finally quit smoking! I am so happy that I could go on TV and shout from the rooftops if Tobacco Free Florida ever wanted me to. The class was wonderful and my wife and I are so excited to finally be done with smoking.”

Pat and Bill, Manatee County