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Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking.(CDC)
The Jefferson County Tobacco Prevention Program is actively involved in community-level activities to make a sustainable impact on tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. The program staff work to increase understanding of the problem of tobacco and the solutions proven to work, providing support and technical assistance for change.
Whether it’s assisting a person who needs information about resources to quit, helping an organization with practices to reduce tobacco-related concerns, or partnering with a coalition to advocate for stronger local tobacco control laws, the commitment of the team is to reduce disease and death caused by tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
The Health Education Program has been a voice for considering and applying new approaches for tobacco use interventions. We believe that our philosophy is one of our greatest strengths. As we have worked with people and communities, we developed philosophies that honor and empower individual and collective efficacies in tobacco intervention.
Fundamental to this philosophy, are the following tenets that we espouse:
On July 1, 2006, the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect. It was passed to protect the public from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.
As of June 2011, more than 53 Colorado communities have implemented laws stronger than the state law. For information about what communities in Jefferson County are doing to further protect workers and the public from secondhand smoke exposure, click on the name of a community in the “Join a Coalition” box, above.
MyQuitPath.com is Colorado's cessation portal that educates Coloradans about available tobacco quit support and tips that set the stage to quit successfully.
The site features the Colorado QuitLine with a short video describing the free service and what to expect when users call. It also provides quit path options for people who are ready to quit and resources for those getting ready to quit. Users can find the resource that is right for them.
In early 2011, the U.S. Surgeon General released its latest report concluding there is no safe level of secondhand smoke, inside or outdoors.
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