Preventing Tobacco Use
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking and tobacco use can cause many kinds of cancer, heart diseases, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease).
People who don't use tobacco also develop tobacco-related diseases by being exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke. Over 480,000 Americans die every year from tobacco-related diseases, including 5,100 in Colorado. Tobacco use killed one hundred million people in the 20th century, and, if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.
If you are ready to quit tobacco, talk to your doctor about resources that may be available to you. The Colorado Quitline (1-800-QUITNOW) offers free coaching and support for your quit journey. My Life My Quit is a free cessation resource that helps youth quit when they want, how they want. BABY & ME – Tobacco Free™ helps pregnant women quit smoking and stay tobacco free after their baby is born. Incentives include a voucher to purchase diapers or wipes for up to six months postpartum upon successfully quitting.
Information and Resources
- Facts about Smoking (CDC)
- Colorado Quitline (1-800-QUITNOW)
- My Life My Quit
- Tobacco Free CO
- American Lung Association of Colorado
- Metro Denver Tobacco Cessation Resources
Tri-County Health Department works to reduce the impact of tobacco by partnering with communities throughout our three county jurisdiction to provide prevention and cessation resources. Through our partnerships, the Tobacco Prevention Team at Tri-County Health Department empowers community members and leaders to engage in evidenced-based tobacco prevention strategies. By working with the community on policy-level strategies, change can occur from the direct work of the community itself. We engage all community members and leaders in this work including:
By working with our community partners on evidence-based tobacco prevention strategies, we can protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke, help people who want to quit tobacco and prevent young people from starting. We use a data-driven approach to inform our communities during their decision making processes. Learn more about the work of our community coalitions and how you can get involved in our tobacco prevention efforts by visiting the Tobacco Free 303 website.