The Estates at Palm Bay Anti-Smoking Policy

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla .– The Okaloosa County Florida Department of Health (DOH-Okaloosa) would like to recognize The Estates at Palm Bay in Fort Walton Beach for becoming a smoke-free community. The policy was put in place on April 1, 2021 to celebrate the National Day of Action on Tobacco. This policy prohibits smoking, including electronic steaming products inside the units.

The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF), the state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program, has worked for years to educate managers of public and private housing about the benefits of tobacco control policies and is encouraged by this development.

Michele Bencivenga, Property Manager of The Estates at Palm Bay, said: “We strive to protect the health and well-being of our residents. “

A list of multi-unit properties that have adopted voluntary smoke-free policies has grown to over 2,000 properties since monitoring began in 2010, with 40 multi-unit smoke-free residential properties in Okaloosa County .

The benefits of smoke-free buildings include:

  • Better health. Smoke-free air laws reduce exposure to second-hand smoke
    in non-smokers, reduces hospitalizations for heart attacks and asthma and
    encourages smokers to quit. ??
  • Increased security. Smoke-free policies reduce the risk of fire for residents, homeowners and
    property managers. ²
  • Decreased exposure to second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke can travel from
    other units through doors, cracks in walls, power lines, plumbing and
    ventilation systems. ??, 4

Smokers living in smoke-free homes should be aware that it is difficult, but not impossible, to quit smoking. In fact, 61.7% of adult smokers who have ever smoked have quit 5, and there are more former smokers in Florida than current smokers.

Having a complete shutdown plan increases the success rate. Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way program makes it easier than ever for smokers to access free, evidence-based tools and services to help them quit smoking.

For more information, please visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway. People can also access Tobacco Free Florida’s online cost calculator to find out how much money they could save by quitting smoking at www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/calculator.

We’re here to help you every step of the way and can answer any questions or concerns! We’re here to help you understand what it takes to implement a smoke-free policy and provide you with educational materials for your staff and residents to help them quit smoking. If your housing community is interested in becoming tobacco free or wants to learn more, please contact your local Tobacco Free Florida representative at [email protected].

About the Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, strives to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated efforts of State, county and community.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information on the

Florida Department of Health, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

About Tobacco Free Florida
The department’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 any of the free tools and services from Tobacco Free Florida. There are now about 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than 10 years ago, and the state has saved $ 17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about 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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1 US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Homes Manual: SmokeFree Policies in Multiunit Housing. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/
Healthyhomes / Healthy_Homes_Manual_WEB.pdf
2 US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Homes Manual: SmokeFree Policies in Multiunit Housing. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/
Healthyhomes / Healthy_Homes_Manual_WEB.pdf
3 Pizacani, B et al. Move collective housing providers towards the adoption of smoke-free policies. Prev. Chronicle Dis. 2011; 8 (1) .http: //www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2011/jan/10_0015.htm
4 US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Homes Manual: SmokeFree Policies in Multiunit Housing. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/
Healthyhomes / Healthy_Homes_Manual_WEB.pdf
5 Office of Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/Smoking-cessation-fast-facts/index. html

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