Local Decision Makes a Major Impact!
June 23, 2016

Looking for an unforgettable place to have lunch? Ocala Fresh Produce and Deli might be the place to try, known locally as serving some of the best sandwiches in town. The owners Chris and Nina demonstrate both their skills in the kitchen and their appreciation for their community. They have partnered with Measure Up Marion to provide a tobacco free setting for employees, a friendly atmosphere free of second hand smoke for patrons, and coming soon is a healthy options menu.

Before the restaurant’s grounds became tobacco free, Chris was a tobacco user. Deciding to make their establishment tobacco free provided the motivation he needed to eliminate tobacco from his daily routine. Creating tobacco free work environments makes it less accessible to the user during a workday, thereby assisting in quit attempts. Chris shared his story, explaining that Nina had wanted him to quit, that the employees noticed his tobacco use during work hours, and everyone around him supported his decision to quit. Ocala Fresh Produce and Deli partnered with Measure Up Marion and the QuitDoc Foundation in February of 2016, and soon after Chris made his tobacco free lifestyle decision. He is still tobacco free today.  

The American Cancer Society tells us that tobacco free grounds in the workplace is beneficial for everyone for several reasons. It reduces health costs, and increases productivity; in the case of tobacco users themselves, an environment that supports quitting will address the users position in the Stages of Change.


A person who had previously never considered a serious quit attempt may be motivated to make that attempt since the convenience of stepping out for a quick cigarette, or nicotine break can no longer be on the property grounds. The Centers for Disease Control says out of 10 tobacco users 7 want to quit, and within a year 4 of those 7 will make a quit attempt. Therefore, a workplace choosing to address the addiction to tobacco by going to tobacco free is one the best ways they can support the health of their employees and their community.

For more information on Measure Up Marion, tobacco free dining, or QuitDoc Foundation contact Lauren Walter Community Health Advocate 352.359.5383 LWalter@QuitDoc.com

Ocala Fresh Produce and Deli
1010 SW 1st Ave, Ocala, FL, 34471
Open Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm
Sat- 10-3 / Sun- CLOSED

Measure Up Marion works to ensure that Marion County residents can live, learn, work, worship and play in environments with smoke-free air, easy access to healthy foods and beverages, and have the necessary information to prevent and reduce the effects of chronic diseases. For more information, visit www.measureupmarion.org. 

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention