Every Sumter County resident deserves a fair chance at a healthy future.


    Right now, that future is at risk.


    In Sumter County, 1 in 12 adults smoke and 1 in 6 youth ages 11-17 vapes or uses another toxic tobacco product.


    Vision & Mission

    We envision a Sumter County where all residents have a fair chance at a healthy future—free from nicotine addiction. Our mission is to mobilize the community and advance local policies that will help end nicotine addiction, protect children, and improve public health for generations to come.


    Our Motivation:

    • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.
    • Nine out of ten cigarette smokers start by age 18.
    • Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer.
    • Nearly 30 percent of cancer deaths in Florida are caused by smoking.

    Our Methods:

    • Strengthen relationships within the local community.
    • Educate community members on tobacco-related issues.
    • Promote positive tobacco reform.
    • Build youth leaders and partnerships to invest in their community's future.

    Local initiatives supported by the Tobacco Free Sumter County Partnership include those intended to:

    • Educate the community about illegal tobacco and vape product sales and predatory marketing practices.
    • Promote K-12 tobacco-free school policies that are comprehensive and effective.
    • Create tobacco-free parks that protect residents from secondhand smoke.
    • Support Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT).


    The Tobacco Free Partnership of Sumter County meets every 3 months.

    Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

    Our next meeting will be August 17, 2023 at 11:30 AM via google meets.

    To join, please contact info@tobaccofreesumter.com for the meeting link.


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    Tobacco Use Has ‘Direct Impact’ on Risk for Chronic Rhinosinusitis

    Contributor: Amarbir S. Gill, MD

    The correlation between tobacco use and chronic rhinosinusitis was observed in both males and females and in patients with CRS with and without nasal polyposis.


    “Although it has been postulated that tobacco use, as well as other environmental exposures, may contribute to chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), the data remain limited,” Amarbir S. Gill, MD, and colleagues wrote.


    For a study published in Clinical Otolaryngology, the researchers examined the impact of a history of tobacco use on the development of CRS.


    “This study was inspired by what I felt was a knowledge gap in the literature surrounding a question that we, as ENTs, get asked by our patients,” Dr. Gill explained. “I wanted to understand whether a history of tobacco use impacted the risk for having chronic sinus disease.”

    The researchers employed a case-control study design, using the Utah Population Database to search for adult patients with a diagnosis of CRS and a history of tobacco use. Enrolled patients also underwent endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) between 1996 and 2018.


    Tobacco Use Increases Risk for CRS

    Dr. Gill and colleagues examined records for 200,370 patients in the final analysis, including 34,350 patients diagnosed with CRS and 166,020 controls.


    The first diagnosis of CRS was made at a mean age of 43.9, and the percentage of patients with CRS with nasal polyposis was 58.3%. A history of tobacco use was observed in a significantly larger number of patients with CRS (19.6%) than in the matched controls (15%; P<0.001).


    The correlation between a history of tobacco use and a CRS diagnosis was observed in both males and females and in patients with CRS with and without nasal polyposis (Table). The unadjusted OR for the risk for CRS in patients with a history of tobacco use was 1.38 (P<0.001).

    More patients with CRS and comorbid asthma used tobacco (19.5%) compared with controls with asthma (15.0%; P<0.001).


    “A history of tobacco use may signify an increased risk for the development of chronic sinus disease among patients undergoing sinus surgery compared with healthy controls,” Dr. Gill emphasized. “In a separate study, we found that a history of tobacco use may also increase the likelihood of needing revision sinus surgery.”


    Role of Tobacco Cessation for Patients & Research

    The results “emphasize the direct impact and relevance of tobacco use on patients with sinus disease,” Dr. Gill noted. “Providers can consider using the data to help educate patients on the relationship between tobacco and sinus disease and encourage and discuss tobacco cessation with them.”


    He also pointed to areas of research interest. “Future research should focus on understanding whether tobacco cessation can positively impact sinus disease severity and symptoms.”


    Beyond the impact of tobacco use, Dr. Gill noted that “there has been an increasing interest in the role of environmental pollutants and irritants on nasal and sinus inflammation, and I am hopeful this will yield novel insights into mitigation strategies as we learn more about how these irritants impact the health of our sinuses and nose.”


    Tobacco Use Increases the Risk of Chronic Rhinosinusitis Among Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/coa.14013

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    Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) mobilizes and equips youth to protect their generation from the tobacco and vaping industries. Sumter County SWAT members build leadership skills and plan activities to help raise awareness and support for policies that benefit the community.


    To learn more about SWAT’s work across the state, visit swatflorida.com.


    To learn more or to attend a SWAT meeting or event in Sumter County, contact leah@civcom.com 


    To learn more about vaping and youth check out E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth.


    Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, and there are many ways to go about it. But whether you quit on your own or with a little extra help, we’re here to help you on your quit journey and help you choose the right way for you.


    Talk to a quit coach, find a quit group, or get free nicotine replacement patches or gum. 

    For more information on FREE resources and more visit Tobacco Free Florida.

    Quit services can double or triple your chances of success.



    To join the Tobacco Free Sumter County Partnership, please contact info@tobaccofreesumter.com. Interested persons are encouraged to attend a meeting to learn more about the work that of Tobacco Free Sumter County Partnership.


    To learn more about the Tobacco Free Sumter County Partnership,

    contact info@tobaccofreesumter.com