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.
Information and Resources
- Facts about Smoking (CDC)
- Colorado Quitline (1-800-QUITNOW)
- Tobacco Free CO
- American Lung Association of Colorado
Fortunately, tobacco use is a winnable battle. 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 services. 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:
- Tobacco-free youth advocates
- City Councils and City Staff
- Non profits
- School districts
- Workplace organizations
- Property management companies
- College campuses
- Community members
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.