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    Jefferson County Public Health Tobacco Prevention Program

    dviveret@jeffco.us
    303-275-7555

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    JCPH Tobacco Prevention Initiative Supervisor

    Donna Viverette

  • Tobacco Prevention

     

    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.

    Visit the Tobacco-Free Jeffco website to find out how you can be an individual advocate or get involved in community coalitions in Jefferson County.

    Philosophical Foundation for Tobacco Services

    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:

    • Tobacco is a psychosociocultural tool used by people to satisfy specific needs. The implications of this are frequently overlooked, unaddressed or misunderstood by practitioners, the general public, and people who use tobacco.
    • We take great care in not collapsing a person with his/her behavior, i.e. referencing individuals as "people who smoke" instead of "smokers."
    • We tailor our work to honor and compliment individual and collective interests, values and needs. Co-creation blends the expertise of public health and a community's interests, aims and assets.
    • We believe our role is to be a source for stimulating action, and providing resources and technical assistance so communities can self-determine their pathway to healthful environments and, wherever possible.
    • Projects, services and activities are designed to accomplish something desirable in addition to preventing the negative health consequences of tobacco use.

     

    Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act

    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. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. 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.

    Colorado’s Tobacco Cessation Portal

    MyQuitPath.com View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. 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.

    U.S. Surgeon General 2010 Report

    In early 2011, the U.S. Surgeon General released its latest report View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. concluding there is no safe level of secondhand smoke, inside or outdoors.

     

     

    Last Updated: 11-27-2013