FLORIDA LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR TOBACCO CONTROL
Florida has participated in a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a statewide coalition of tobacco prevention and control partners and build capacity for local coalitions. Thus the Tobacco-Free Florida Coalition (TFFC) was developed. Florida's settlement with the tobacco industry greatly enhanced our ability to build local tobacco control partnerships. In August 1998, in order to reflect the changing landscape of tobacco prevention and control in Florida, the TFFC was restructured as the Florida Leadership Council for Tobacco Control. The Council includes 15 voting members and is prepared to guide Florida's tobacco prevention and control initiatives. While advisory in its capacity, the Council represents an impressive selection of experts in and advocates for tobacco prevention and control in Florida. The voting member organizations of the Council are listed below:
The Chair is appointed by the Governor and all the others are appointed by the Agency Head or Leadership Chair.
The vision of the Florida Leadership Council for Tobacco Control is a tobacco-free environment in Florida. This is to be achieved by significantly reducing tobacco use, eliminating initiation of tobacco products by youth and educating the public on all health issues relating to tobacco use. In addition, the mission is to promote community and individual responsibility to prevent tobacco use by encouraging agencies, organizations and individuals to work together toward a common vision of a tobacco-free Florida.