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Healthier worksites continues to grow in Orange County


From the Florida Department of Health/Orange

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program and Orange County Tobacco Free Partnership are recognizing Track Shack of Orland, LLC and Event Marketing & Management International, LLC in Orlando for adopting a written smoke-free policy at their worksite. Tobacco Free Florida offers a variety of resources to help your business limit costs while creating a supportive workplace environment that encourages your employees to quit tobacco.

As Florida businesses navigate the economic uncertainty of the future, it is increasingly important to consider costs, productivity losses, and staffing expenses to stay competitive in the marketplace. Many businesses are discovering that addressing something as simple as tobacco use in the workplace can have a profound effect on profitability. “Because we promote a healthy lifestyle at Track Shack it is incredibly important our employees “live” that lifestyle and be smoke-free” – shared Co-Owner Track Shack of Orlando, Betsy Hughes.

Despite the growing trend of smoke-free policies and the substantial decrease of smokers in the state, many of Florida’s most vulnerable are still involuntarily affected by secondhand smoke, which has hundreds of toxic chemicals including about 70 that are known to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke greatly increases the risk of lung cancer, which is Florida’s number-one cancer killer. Each year, primarily due to secondhand smoke exposure, an estimated 7,300 non-smoking Americans die of lung cancer.

“With Track Shack of Orlando, LLC and Event Marketing & Management International adopting a smoke free policy for their worksites, we move the needle one step closer toward a tobacco free environment, and a healthier community.” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.

Tobacco has killed more than 20 million people prematurely since the first Surgeon General’s report in 1964 and still today, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. Floridians who want to quit any form of tobacco have access to Tobacco Free Florida’s FREE and proven-effective resources. Visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway to learn more.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works

to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated

state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about 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 Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since 2007, more

than 212,000 Floridians have successfully quit, using one of Tobacco Free Florida's free

tools and services. 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



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