Tobacco Prevention

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 430,000 Americans die every year from tobacco-related diseases, including 4,300 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.

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Fortunately, tobacco use is a winnable battle. There are many public health strategies to protect people from the dangers of tobacco. Tri-County Health Department is working with community partners to reduce tobacco use in the community, increase cessation attempts, reduce youth initiation of tobacco, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • We are working with youth across our jurisdiction to raise community awareness of tobacco industry marketing tactics and advocate for tobacco-free kids.
  • We are working with community college partners on tobacco-free campus policies to protect students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the dangers of secondhand smoke and promote cessation.
  • We are working with public housing authorities on creating smoke-free housing rules to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and fire risk in public housing.
  • We are working with public school districts to strengthen tobacco-free schools policies, increase tobacco prevention education, increase youth cessation opportunities, and create healthy community environments.
  • We are partnering with our WIC program to sponsor Baby and Me - Tobacco Free, a free smoking cessation program for pregnant women.