The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with representatives from the Florida Department of Health
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 23, 2019 proclaiming the week of April 22 through 28, as Tobacco Free Florida Week 2019 E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth in Citrus County.
The federal government declared youth e-cigarette use, or vaping, a nationwide epidemic. Youth vaping has increased dramatically across the country and in Florida. In 2018, one in four Florida high school students reported current electronic vaping-a 58% increase compared to 2017, In Citrus County, 25.4 % of high school students reported ever trying electronic vaping use in 2018.
E-cigarettes are unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, and e-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
The focus of Tobacco Free Florida Week 2019 is to get accurate information into the hands of our citizens, which is an important step to reversing this alarming trend in our community. Citrus County is committed to the goals and objectives of Tobacco Free Florida Week through a variety of public health activities and programs.
The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida does hereby proclaim the week of April 22 through 28, 2019 as “Tobacco Free Florida Week” and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.