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Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Free Collier Partnership 

The Tobacco Free Collier Partnership is comprised of individuals and agencies representing many different sectors of the community including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, medical clinics, educational institutions and community leadership groups committed to establishing a Tobacco-Free Collier County.

Mission: To develop and promote policies which reduce the use and effects of tobacco in Collier County.

  • Prevent youth and young adults from starting to use tobacco products
  • Protect collier county citizens from involuntary exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke
  • Provide support to local tobacco consumers who want to quit

At no cost, Tobacco Free Collier Offers:

  • Help for local businesses to adopt tobacco-free workplaces policies
  • Assistance for local businesses that want to provide tobacco cessation benefits to their employees
  • Assistance and tools for property managers who want to offer "smoke-free" as an amenity
  • Guidance and support for local renters who want to find a smoke-free place to live
  • Free presentations on a variety of additional tobacco control initiatives, particularly Big Tobacco‘s manipulative marketing tactics towards children

For more information about Tobacco Free Collier, or to find out how to get involved; contact your local tobacco prevention specialists. You can follow us on facebook at or Twitter at @TobaccoFreeCC.

Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Robert Ostbye, MPH
Telephone: 239.252.2672
E-Mail:Robert Ostbye

Melissa Peacock
Telephone: 239.252.5535
E-Mail:Melissa Peacock

Tobacco Cessation Programs 


The Everglades Area Health Education Center provides help and support to quit tobacco product consumption. Three types of tobacco cessation programs are available:

  • Area Health Education Center Quit Smoking Now Classes: 6 week smoking cessation class, 1 hour per week, convenient locations, group counseling, and free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in the form of patches, gum or lozenges. Times, dates and locations available here: 3 Ways to Quit. To register for these classes or for more information please call 877.819.2357.
  • Florida Quitline: toll-free telephone based tobacco use cessation resource available at 877.822.6669. Five proactive counseling sessions, self-help materials, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Counseling available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole. Translation services for hearing-impaired. More information in English or Spanish is available.
  • Florida Quitline Web Counseling: access to a Web Coach, an online learning and support community featuring stage-based information, interactive lessons and exercises and tracking tools to assist in quitting. All you need to do is register with a valid e-mail address


Varies, please visit 3 Ways to Quit



Appointment or Walk-In

Registration required

Telephone to Schedule Appointment

To register for smoking cessation classes please call 877.819.2357

Eligibility Requirements


Fees or Payment


Enrollment Forms


More Information

Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Robert Ostbye
Telephone: 239.252.2672
E-Mail: Robert Ostbye

Melissa Peacock
Telephone: 239.252.5535
E-Mail: Melissa Peacock

SWAT - Students Working Against Tobacco 

Mission Statement:

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.

We will not stand by and idly watch tobacco kill our friends and family. We will not be manipulated by a multi-billion dollar industry, nor will we replace the hundreds of addicts that die every day. We will change policy. Reach out to lawmakers. Expose marketing schemes. Influence our peers. And save lives. We are the generation that will stop manipulative Big Tobacco companies. We Are SWAT

By participating in SWAT, students can gain volunteer hours and valuable experience participating in outreach initiatives, tobacco counter-marketing campaigns, policy advocacy, data collection and analysis, and even educating local decision makers. SWAT members have the unique opportunity to influence local policy change while developing important leadership skills along the way.

To learn more, or to join the movement, please contact Robert Ostbye at the number below, or visit

Link opens new window to Students Working Against TobaccoRobert Ostbye, MPH
Telephone: 239.252.2672
E-Mail: Robert Ostbye