Tobacco Free Workgroup Nancy Maidique, Chair Florida International University Healthy University Task Force
Vision Description & Mission Vision: To Create a Healthier & Tobacco-Free Miami Dade. Mission: To reduce exposure to second and third hand smoke by raising awareness, advocating for smoke-free policies, resolutions, and ordinances and promoting smoking cessation.
Initiatives u Prevent Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults -Increase restrictions on access to tobacco by minors -Reduce tobacco industry influences u Eliminate Secondhand Smoke Exposure -Create tobacco-free policies u Promote Cessation from Tobacco Use -Increase use of cessation services -Increase the number of healthcare providers and health care systems following the Public Health Services’ Clinical Practice Guidelines u Infrastructure -Create and/or maintain a stand-alone County tobacco-free partnership -Create and /or maintain local SWAT Chapters -Recruit and/or maintain paid work force to carry out specific program functions.
Students Working Against Tobacco SWAT Presenting to Miami-Dade Commissioners Committee
Tobacco Free Workgroup Key Biscayne-Hobie Beach Cleanup Tobacco Prevention Memorial Garden Tobacco Prevention Education & Awareness
Tobacco Free Summit Rick Bender: Over 1000 Participants William Sanchez Hialeah Parks & Recreation
2012 Anniversary Highlights Candy-Flavored Tobacco Products: Assisted 15 municipalities with establishing and adopting resolutions and one ordinance in support of banning the sale of candyflavored tobacco. Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Members worked with managers, owners and associations to institute tobacco-free policies in multi-unit housing. Tobacco-Free Hospitals, Colleges, Universities: With the MDCHD Tobacco Prevention Program, assisted Florida Memorial University, Larkin Hospital, and Mercy Hospital in passing a tobacco-free policy. Comprehensive Tobacco Policies in K-12 Schools: Miami-Dade County Public Schools endorsed the Great American Smoke Out Event as a kickoff to an ongoing annual event to reinforce its commitment to tobacco-free living. Worksite Tobacco Policies: Collaborated with the Worksite Wellness Committee in establishing smoke-free policies at all South Florida Educational Credit Unions. Community Events: SWAT training at FIU with over 200 middle/high school students.
We’ve Come A Long Way. . . but there is still so much to do!
Moving Forward Policy change: Public Housing, Apartments, Hospitals, & Universities Increase “Smoke-free Children Zones” in parks throughout the County Surveillance of tobacco retailer to assess compliance with revised law. Increase the number of organizations / worksites offering smoking cessation Increase the number of municipalities adopting resolutions or ordinances banning the sale of candy flavored tobacco Create greater opportunities for SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) members to advocate for a Tobacco-Free Environment.