State law addresses tobacco use.
Florida Administrative Code 6A-1.094121 Mental and Emotional Health Education.
(1)School districts must annually provide a minimum of five hours of instruction to students in grades 6-12 related to youth mental health awareness and assistance, including suicide prevention and the impacts of substance abuse.
(2)Using the health education Standard adopted in Rule 6A-1.09401, F.A.C., Student Performance Standard, the instruction for youth mental and emotional health will advance each year through developmentally appropriate instruction and skill building and must address, at a minimum, the following topics:
(a)Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders;
(b)Prevention of mental health disorders;
(c)Mental health awareness and assistance;
(d)How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders;
(e)Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources;
(f)The process for accessing treatment;
(g)Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques;
(h)Strategies to support a peer, friend, or family member with a mental health disorder;
(i)Prevention of suicide; and
(j)Prevention of the abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
Florida Health Education Standard
GRADE: 912 HE.912.C.1.In.h Predict the likelihood of injury, illness, or death from engaging in unhealthy behaviors, such as death from alcohol poisoning, cancer and chronic lung disease related to tobacco use, overdose from illegal drug use, or engaging in risky games.