• Tobacco Free St. Johns is a community-wide, locally organized group collectively working towards eliminating initiation and use of tobacco and alternative nicotine products among St. Johns County residents, supporting tobacco policy change and educating decision makers about the impact of tobacco use and nicotine addiction on the lives of St. Johns County residents and visitors.


    Tobacco Free St. Johns is an action-oriented partnership that meets on a monthly basis. Membership is open to any St. Johns County citizen or organization that supports the goals of this partnership.


    Upcoming Meetings & Events:

    ***Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all meetings until further notice will be held virtually through Zoom. Please email MaryAnn@civcom.com for online meeting registration instructions.***


    2020 - 2021 Meeting Dates:

    August 19, 2020 @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    October 21, 2020 @ 11am

    December 16, 2020 @ 11am

    February 17, 2021 @ 11am

    April 21, 2021 @ 11am

    June 16, 2021 @ 11am


  • Youth Vaping

    Youth tobacco use remains a serious problem in St. Johns County. Findings from the 2018 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey suggest that 1 in 3 (34%) youth ages 11–17 in our county has used a tobacco product. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product; Approximately 1 in 4 youth (31%) has tried vaping, up from just 1 in 14 (7%) in 2012. Young people who do not use tobacco are impacted, as well. The majority (56%) of youth report being exposed to secondhand smoke from cigarettes or vapor smoke from e-cigarettes.



    ALL pod-based vaping devices contain high amounts of nicotine. These products are addictive to youth brains. One in four teens that vape begin to use traditional tobacco within one year.



    Our biggest concern with pod-based systems among young people is that they deliver (at the very least) the same amount of nicotine that is found in a pack of cigarettes. ALLsalt-based e-juice/liquid contains nicotine!


    Nicotine is highly addictive. Nicotine is harmful to the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, and more.


    Are you an educator? Here's FREE curriculum to incorporate into your classes: http://med.stanford.edu/tobaccopreventiontoolkit/E-Cigs.html



    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued information on this issue. They have many resources for parents and educators to help prevent a generation of children suffer from a lifetime of addiction.


    Visit their site at https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm

  • Teen-friendly Cessation Options

    Is your child addicted to vaping? Nicotine addiction is serious and often teens need specialized help to them

    to break the grip nicotine has on their brain.


    Talk to your child.

    From the Centers for Disease Control: The Parent Tip Sheet[5.2 MB] offers ideas for conversation starters. Print this for yourself or share it with your children. Ask them what they think after reading the tip sheet.

    Teen-friendly app.

    This Is Quitting created an app that’s already helped thousands of people quit smoking cigarettes. And now, it can help you quit vaping and e-cigs, too. You’ll get access to tons of resources—including on-demand support for cravings, stress and slips, plus regularly-scheduled messages and reminders that are designed to help you quit.


    Talk to your doctor.

    If your child is struggling, don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about addiction counseling services available in your area. You can also talk to your doctor to discuss if nicotine replacement therapy could be appropriate for your child. Do not allow your child to use nicotine replacement therapy without consulting your doctor.

  • Programs & Information

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    Juvenile Tobacco Citation Education Class

    Compliance Information

    Persons under the age of 18 caught in possession, use or purchase of tobacco or nicotine products are committing a noncriminal violation. Minors will be issued a citation by law enforcement, punishable by:
    1st Violation: Pay $30 fine, or complete 16 hours of community service, AND attend the approved anti-tobacco education class within 30 days.
    2nd Violation within 12 weeks: Pay additional $30 fine within 30 days. 
    3rd Violation within 12 weeks: Driver’s license revoked or issuance withheld.


    If your child received a tobacco citation, click here for the information brochure. The required education class is taught by EPIC Behavioral Healthcare.


    If your child needs to complete the Tobacco Citation Education Class, you must visit www.epicbh.org/tobacco to register.


    Quit YOUR Way with Tobacco Free Florida

    We know quitting can be very hard, but it’s not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida. With the right help, resources, and the support to keep you going, Tobacco Free Florida can give you the best chance to quit for good. For each person, overcoming nicotine addiction is different and we can help you choose a path to quitting that works for you.

    Tobacco Free Florida offers a number of free and convenient resources to help tobacco users quit. Click here for more information.

    Youth Advocacy: SWAT

    Empowering Florida's Teens

    Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.


    Youth in SWAT are engaged in activities that educate their peers and policy makers about the need to change social norms related to tobacco. SWAT not only promotes leadership, but also helps develop speaking skills and creates opportunities for youth to grow as community advocates. On a local level, SWAT members participate in leadership workshops, local parades, commercial contests, art contests, writing contests, and various other anti-tobacco programming. Students participate in local events such as: Relay for Life, carnivals, community wellness events, parades, leadership retreats, youth rallies, & peer education activities.


    To learn more about the Florida SWAT program, visit www.swatflorida.com. If you are interested in learning how to join the St. Johns County SWAT Chapter, please email Youth Coordinator, Julie Collins: jcollins@civcomweb.com.

    Tobacco-Free Colleges

    Protecting Young Adults ​

    While smoking is banned inside buildings, not all school campuses in Florida have comprehensive policies that restrict smoking and the use of other tobacco products on all of their properties or at their events. Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies are an important step in building a healthier future. These policies create a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff, while sending a clear message that tobacco use is dangerous and that it’s not a socially acceptable behavior. De-normalizing tobacco use through positive role modeling is one important step. If students don’t see adults at their schools using tobacco, then they’ll be less likely to think tobacco is acceptable and will be less likely to ever start.

    Tobacco-Free Outdoor Spaces

    Protecting Kids & the Environment​

    Not only do tobacco products devastate the human body, they cause havoc on the environment–ending up in our waterways, along beaches and in our parks. Cigarette butts account for an extraordinary amount of waste. An estimated 1.69 billion pounds, or 845,000 tons, of cigarette butts accumulate as litter in lakes, in oceans, on beaches and on the rest of the planet annually. Only 10 percent of cigarette butts are properly deposited in ash receptacles. In fact, cigarettes and cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. Tobacco Free St. Johns and SWAT members volunteer to clean-up local beaches and parks to bring awareness to the environmental impact of tobacco product litter. By educating community members about secondhand smoke and environmental issues of tobacco, we hope that more tobacco users will reconsider using tobacco in parks, playgrounds and beaches.

    Tobacco-Free Workplaces

    Healthy Employees for a Healthier Bottomline ​

    We assist employers in developing tobacco-free workplace policies. Creating a tobacco-free workplace not only provides a healthier environment for all employees, but also a supportive environment for employees who are in the process of quitting. Tobacco-free workplaces also protect customers and clients from secondhand smoke exposure and reduce tobacco product litter.

    Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

    Limiting Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

    We work with local apartment and condo communities to identify and implement smoke-free policy strategies that can create healthier environments for their residents–and a healthier bottom line for the landlord. Smoke-free apartments are less expensive to rehabilitate for new renters and some insurance companies provide discounts for smoke-free property policies.


    Learn more about the Florida Apartment Association's smoke-free housing certification program here.

  • Members

    Meet our leaders! Want to become a member?





    Program Manager:

    Mary Ann Steinberg


    Youth Coordinator:

    Julie Collins


  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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    Regional Office: 6852 Belfort Oaks Pl

    Jacksonville, FL 32216

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    Email: maryann@civcom.com

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