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Hold the Holidays!

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from Dec. 12 until Dec. 31

Here at Jeffco many of our employees are again participating in our annual Hold the Holidays event. This event is a TEAM weight maintenance challenge designed to keep teammates from packing on the pounds during the holiday season. Teams will choose a “CAPTAIN” and consist of 2-8 members. By participating, teammates help keep each other accountable and motivated to make healthy choices during the season. This enables everyone to enjoy the holidays without having to lose weight after they are over! This is an easy program to implement in your own workplace or even with your family. You will be less stressed, more rested and more active during the holiday season, all of which will make your season brighter.


Snow Removal Procedures of the Road & Bridge Division

Larry Benshoof, Road & Bridge Director
comments open from Dec. 4 until Dec. 23

The following snow removal procedures remind our customers how we prioritize the roads we plow so they know what to expect when the snow flies. Remember to slow down and give our plows a wide berth for everyone’s safety!

The Road and Bridge Division is currently responsible for snow removal on 2,924 lane miles of paved roads and 695 lane miles of gravel roads in the unincorporated areas of the County. One lane mile is a 10 foot wide section of road one mile long. State highways, private roads and newly constructed roads that have not been accepted by formal resolution of the Board of County Commissioners are not included.

Forecasting and Preparations
The Road and Bridge Division is on a twenty-four hour, early-warning alert system. Supervisors utilize local, national, and customized weather forecasts and databases in order to anticipate and be prepared for the intensity of storm forecasted. Equipment is made ready for sanding and plowing during normal working hours for a forecasted storm.
Each equipment operator is assigned a specific route for snow removal and sanding. Assignment of roads to a route is determined by area supervisors based on priority of the road as defined below and for the most efficient utilization of equipment. There are currently 82 designated snow routes in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Snow Removal Procedures
Plowing and sanding operations will take place in four phases during a storm. The order in which streets are plowed in each phase is based on the following definitions of priority:
>>Priority 1 - Main arterial streets that provide for high traffic volumes.
>>Priority 2 - Major subdivision collectors, school zones and school bus routes.
>>Priority 3 - Residential or other local roads that carry moderate to low traffic volumes.
>>Priority 4 - Cul-de-sacs or other dead-end roads carrying very low traffic volumes.

Phase I: Initial opening of all Priority 1 through 3 streets in that order. Severity of the storm may delay response time for Priority 3 streets due to the fact that initial opening of major arterial streets requires that multiple lanes be plowed in each direction.

Phase II: Plowing and sanding of problem roads having steep inclines, curves, bridges or overpasses. Widening of any Priority 1 through 3 streets deemed necessary. Repeat plowing of all streets initially opened as snow continues to accumulate.

Phase III: Removal of packed snow and ice on all Priority 1 through 3 streets where possible and deemed necessary as snowfall accumulation stops. Plowing and sanding operations on Priority 4 streets will take place as resource availability allows. It could be several days after the snowstorm has ended before Priority 4 streets are initially plowed. Intermittent sanding as necessary by road priority.

Phase IV: Storm event is over. Continuation of widening operations to improve safe travel and prepare for additional accumulation during subsequent storms.

Application of Traction Materials: Sanding of most roads is limited during heavy snowfall because the sand is quickly covered and then removed as additional plowing occurs. When applying sand, special attention is given to sections of the road network posing specific safety concerns. These include, but are not limited to, areas such as: school and hospital zones, police and fire stations, bridges and overpasses, turn lanes, acceleration or deceleration lanes, approaches to intersections that are stop sign or signal controlled, curves, steep grades, heavy traffic areas, areas of ice accumulation, speed bumps, and areas with other known problems.

Snow Removal Clarifications
>> Driveways: Driveway approaches affected during Phases I, II, and III are the responsibility of the property owner or resident to clear. When snow removal or widening in Phase IV is being carried out, driveways that were previously opened by the homeowner will not have additional snow plowed into them.

>> Mailboxes and Fences: Mailboxes, newspaper delivery boxes or fences installed alongside the traveled roadway are at the risk of the owner. If an operator strikes a mailbox with a plow, the operator will report it and we will repair it as soon as possible. Mailboxes and fences damaged by snow load during normal plowing operations are not the responsibility of the County. If a mailbox is struck by a plow, it will be replaced with a standard rural mailbox. Postal regulations require residents to clear snow in front of mailboxes to allow for mail delivery.

>> Snow Pushed onto County Street or Right-of Way: The practice of pushing or throwing snow or ice onto or across Jefferson County streets endangers the traveling public as well as county snowplow operators. Jefferson County residents as well as private contractors may receive a warning and/or summons for snow or ice pushed onto County streets and rights-of-way from sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc. Example: When breaking up ice from driveway or flow line of curb, do not throw it out into the street where it can be struck by a vehicle; we encourage citizens to blow and shovel snow and ice onto their grass.

>> Vehicles Parked or Abandoned: Streets on which vehicles have been abandoned or otherwise parked so as to restrict the safe and continuous operation of snow removal equipment may not be plowed until those vehicles are removed.

>> Requests for Emergency Snow Removal: All requests for emergency snowplowing should go to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. If the request is valid, they will notify the Road & Bridge Division and we will respond as soon as possible.


Behind the Scenes of Planning and Preparing for Public Health Emergencies

by Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director
comments open from Dec. 1 until Dec. 19

Jefferson County Public Health’s (JCPH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Program works year-round to help prepare the county for any public health threats, from a biological Anthrax attack, to a foodborne outbreak of E. Coli, to a global pandemic. JCPH’s epidemiologists, emergency response planners and health communications team work together to ensure we are prepared and ready to respond.

Disease Detectives
Commonly known as disease detectives, infectious disease epidemiologists investigate infectious disease outbreaks in the community. By investigating outbreaks, epidemiologists can contain the spread of the disease in the population and help prevent a similar outbreak from happening in the future. JCPH’s epidemiologists investigate approximately 25 to 30 outbreaks from Norovirus to E. Coli, and respond to over 150 disease complaints each year.

Every disease outbreak is unique, however most investigations follow the same process. JCPH works in coordination with health and medical systems across the county and throughout Colorado. Working together, they use robust surveillance systems to quickly identify potential outbreaks. Diseases that are particularly concerning are classified as reportable conditions. This means that anytime someone is diagnosed with one of these diseases, it must be reported to the local health department. This helps health departments quickly identify potential outbreaks so they can be rapidly contained.

If there is an outbreak, the epidemiologist will start an investigation. The epidemiologist will interview the index case to determine what he or she has been doing, where they have been and who they’ve come into contact with. This helps to determine how the person may have become infected, and who else they may have infected while they were contagious. This is called contact tracing. The epidemiologist will use the information they gather during contact tracing to develop a scientific hypothesis or explanation about the source of the outbreak. They will research their hypothesis and use their findings to help the health department determine how they will control the outbreak.

Public Health Emergency Response Planners
Public health emergency response planners plan for the worst public health disaster that they can possibly imagine. From a biological anthrax attack to a fictional zombie apocalypse, public health planners work to ensure that the community is prepared for any type of public health disaster. Planners start their work by analyzing the threats to the community so that they know what the most likely potential threats are. They work alongside Emergency Management, Fire Departments, EMS, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Healthcare Agencies to find effective and efficient ways to prepare the community.

Public health planners focus on public health threats and provide expertise about the public health impact of any disaster, such as smoke inhalation during a wildfire. They write plans, train professionals and the public, and conduct drills and exercises to test their plans and their trainings. At the end of the day, emergency response planners create a more prepared community.


Help Others This Holiday Season

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from Nov. 19 until Dec. 8

Here at Jefferson County Human Services, we work every day to help citizens build better, safer lives. We work tirelessly to assist those in crisis or struggling. We do this work daily. The holiday season is a special opportunity to go above and beyond, to support others in a way that reminds everyone the true spirit of the season is giving.

Through the Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program community members and businesses are asked to sponsor a family and make the season a little brighter for everyone. The program serves children and families who are dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect and may not receive any gifts this holiday season. For details and more information, please visit the Human Services website.

Another opportunity for giving this season is through fostering a teen. Fostering a teen could be one of the greatest gifts of all. You could truly positively impact a teen's life in a way you might not even realize until years later. Your presence, your wisdom, your guidance: it could be the greatest gift of all. For more information call us at 303-636-1KID or email us!

This holiday season take a minute to think about how you can give. For even more volunteer opportunities visit the Volunteers page on the website.


National Save for Retirement Week

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from October 21 until November 9

October 19, 2014, kicks off National Save for Retirement Week, which occurs each year during the third week of October.

National Save for Retirement Week was started in 2006 by two Senators in order to increase public knowledge about retirement savings and to encourage employees to save and participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plans.

The goals for this week are to:
1. Promote the benefits of saving for retirement;
2. Encourage employees to fully utilize employer-sponsored plans; and
3. Increase awareness around saving now for the future.

During this week, it is a great time to reflect on your current retirement savings strategies and determine if you are on track to meet your goals. It is also a reminder to contact your plan administrator or financial advisor to assist with your retirement planning.


Traffic Signal Timing

by Derek Schuler, Jefferson County Traffic/Transportation Engineer
comments open from October 20 until November 8

What is traffic signal timing?
It is the technique which traffic engineers use to determine who has the right-of-way at a signalized intersection. Coordination with other traffic signals is considered so that traffic can travel along a major street without being stopped for a red light at every signal.

Challenges to Effective Traffic Signal Timing
Providing effective timing and coordination of traffic signals can be challenging as there are competing interests between minimizing stops along the main street and reducing side street delay. A coordinated system of signals includes timed vehicle releases from one signal to other signals in which platoons of vehicles travel through a series of signals without stopping. The following factors are important in developing a timing plan:

• Cycle Length – It is the total time to give both streets the right-of-way. It needs to be long enough to provide progression of traffic on the main street but not too long that side street traffic experiences unnecessary delay.

• Left Turn Phases – Adding left turn arrow indications at busy intersections allows motorists to make these turns easier and safer. However, these are extra phases that require longer cycle lengths and adds delay.

• Intersection Spacing – When signals are irregularly spaced, providing coordination of multiple signals becomes difficult (especially for both directions).

• Pedestrians – Many signals have push buttons to allow pedestrians adequate time to cross the street. When a pedestrian call is made, it often extends the side street time and poses challenges for maintaining coordination along the main street.

Did you know?
Traffic engineers with Jefferson County and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) are updating signal timing plans on several arterial street corridors. These include portions of Bowles Avenue, Kipling Parkway, and Ken Caryl Avenue. There has been a moderate increase in traffic volumes on these corridors and slightly higher cycle lengths will be implemented during certain time periods. A closer look at pedestrian crossing times and left turn phasing in certain areas was part of the effort to optimize these timings.

Directly following this effort, other signalized corridors in southeast Jefferson County will receive timing updates for compatibility. Implementation of the new timings is expected later this fall.

For more information about traffic signal timing in Jefferson County, contact the Transportation and Engineering Division at 303-271-8495.


Help Prevent the Spread of Germs at Work

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from Sept. 22 until Oct. 11

Cold and flu season is upon us! Now that fall is here, many workplaces start to see an increase of people with colds or flu-like symptoms.

Now is the time to think about getting your annual flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. Take advantage of your organization's wellness programs and onsite flu shots.

The CDC also suggests additional ways to help prevent the spread of germs at work such as:
• Try avoiding contact with those who are sick.
• If you can, stay home when you are sick.
• Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 1 minute.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

By following these tips, hopefully we can all help minimize the impact of these ailments on our workplaces this season. More information can be found on the Jefferson County Public Health Influenza web page.


Heating Safety

by Becky Baker, Building Safety Division Director
comments open from Sept. 15 until Oct. 4

It’s a cold winter night. You decide to use an electrical space heater, or perhaps light a fire in the fireplace, to save on the heating bill. Comfortable from its warmth as bedtime approaches you think, "What harm could it cause to leave it on overnight?"

Think again. While these heating devices may help you feel cozy and warm, they can become extremely dangerous if not used properly. Home heating equipment was involved in an estimated 62,000 home fires in 2005, according to the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The cost of these fires is more than just property damage. The cost includes roughly 700 lives and roughly 1,500 injuries.

Home heating fires are largely preventable when you know the rules.

The majority of heating fire deaths are caused by space heaters! Most heating fires are caused by creosote build-up in the chimney.

To help keep our community safe and warm this season, the following guidelines are recommended:

• Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding and furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.

• Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

• Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.

• Inspect for cracked, frayed or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.

• Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.

• Use a sturdy fireplace screen.

• Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home - when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

• Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.

• Never use an oven to heat your home.

With simple precautions, you can decrease home-heating fires this winter.


Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight

by Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director
comments open from Sept. 2 until Sept. 21

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Jefferson County Public Health encourages families to make healthy changes together. Childhood obesity can be prevented.

 Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play at the park. Jeffco Open Space and Parks offers diverse trails and outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

 Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day. Check out these tips for helping your family limit screen time.

 Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods. Livewell Colorado offers healthy recipes and tips for buying and eating healthy foods.

 Become a part of WE CAN: a national initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is working with parents, schools, policymakers, communities, businesses and others to improve active living and healthy eating for everyone in Jefferson County.

JCPH has provided technical assistance to several municipalities in Jefferson County as they adopt policies that improve their communities’ access to physical activity and healthy food. Learn more about the Livewell Colorado HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) Cities and Towns Campaign. You can also view our community health improvement plan at


August is National Child Support Month

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from August 28 until September 16

Jefferson County encourages and promotes both parents' involvement in their children's lives.

Did you know it is estimated that one in every four American children participates in a child support program? The purpose of National Child Support Month is to raise awareness about the importance of parents involvement in their children’s lives and the responsibility parents have to provide the resources their children need to succeed.

The goal of the Colorado Child Support Program is to ensure that all children receive financial, medical and emotional support from each parent. This is accomplished by locating each parent, establishing paternity and support obligations, enforcing those obligations, assisting with the establishment of parenting plans, and providing parenting education services.

However, here in Jefferson County, it goes much further. Child Support Services is becoming a key player in helping families to become self-sufficient by leveraging wraparound services for the entire family, decreasing the effects of poverty.With the help of the following programs, dads (and moms) get assistance in identifying and overcoming barriers they face in maintaining a positive role in their children's lives, becoming and maintaining current on financial obligations to their children, and finding on-going support in the community:

• Responsible Fatherhood Program – Engages fathers and children to build healthy relationships. Emphasis is placed on the critical need for fathers to be active in parenting their children as well as serving as positive role models for other children in our communities.

• Colorado Parent Employment Project (CO-PEP) – The intent of the project is to reach out to parents who are able and willing, but are not able to pay their child support because they are unemployed or underemployed. Services include job readiness and life skills training so that parents can meet their child support obligations while also meeting their own needs.

• Problem Solving Court – The goal is to help parents find solutions to the barriers keeping them from meeting their child support obligations. This option provides alternative sanctions to jail and, by doing so, the program alleviates a cost burden to tax payers.

• Early Intervention – A responsive customer service best practice which seeks to develop a relationship with non-custodial parents during the beginning stages of the process and prior to taking any legal action.

• Modification or “Right Sizing” Orders – The ongoing process of assessing the income of both parents and the costs associated with raising the children to ensure the support amount is fair and equitable.

I am very proud of the Jefferson County Child Support Services Team for making significant improvements in addressing the needs of not only children, but the entire family.

We honor our staff of 60 dedicated child support professionals, who are receiving national recognition and achieving historic collection records. In 2013, Jefferson County collected over $31.3 million and served over 15,722 families, impacting an estimated 23,583 children. From January through July 2014, over $19.7 million dollars has been collected and distributed directly to families in our local community.


Open Enrollment Season

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from August 11 until August 30

For many of us, open enrollment is just around the corner – the time to select your health insurance plan for the upcoming year. Here are some quick tips for selecting the right plan for you and your family.

• Take time to review what the plan covers and compare this to the particular needs of you and your family.

• Understand health insurance concepts such as deductible, co-pay, co-insurance and out-of-pocket maximum. Choosing the right benefits is an important decision.

• Research premiums and plan designs.
o Don’t assume the most expensive plan is what you need. You may end up spending more on premiums then possible out of pocket costs.
o Don’t assume the cheapest plan will provide what you need. You need to read the plan documents carefully to understand all out of pocket costs and how they might apply to your specific situation and those of your dependents.

• Make sure the facilities and doctors you wish to use are covered in the plan as part of the network. This generally provides for lower costs if you plan to use medical providers that are in the network.

• Carefully review the plan’s prescription formulary to understand if your medications are covered and the associated cost. Be sure to find out the prescription formulary changes for the upcoming plan year.

• Ask about wellness programs that reward you financially and personally. Some employers offer programs that provide financial rewards, such as completing health assessments, participating in a wellness activities, lowering your cholesterol, and signing up for a health coaching program.

• Don’t forget about other benefit options. Many employers offer a variety of benefits, such as dental and vision plans. Research shows there is a connection between oral health and overall health. Adding a dental and vision plan may help prevent larger medical problems.

In performing more upfront research, you can ensure you have the coverage you and your family need while proactively managing your costs. Now is the time to educate yourself about your health benefits!


Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPE) Research Aircraft at RMMA

by Kenneth Maenpa, Airport Director
comments open from July 30 until August 19

Have you seen some low flying aircraft along the Front Range? The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) are working with National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a pollution study conducted along the Front Range. The month long air quality study is from July 16, 2014 to August 16, 2014. There are various aircraft conducting the study “Snowflake” NCAR EC-130C which will be flying between altitudes of 2,000 feet to 27,000 feet above the ground, and NASA P-3B which will be flying as low as 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet above the ground. The reasoning behind the study is because the Front Range often experience ozone levels in the summer well above the US National Health Standards that are caused by various factors such as agriculture, transportation, oil and gas extraction, wildfires, power generation, and population concentrations. Other areas that have participated in the study are Baltimore, Washington, Houston, Texas, and San Joaquin Valley, California.

The extensive study of the ozone and the pollution levels will allow a better understanding of the cause and affects of ozone pollution. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the flight patterns and researchers want the public to know that it is necessary for the study to be conducted at those altitude levels because that is where the pollutants are affecting the air quality.

If you are interested in seeing the research aircraft that are involved in the study there will be an Open House on Saturday August 2, 2014 from 8am to 12pm at:

NCAR/EOL Research Aviation Facility
10802 Airport Ct
Broomfield, CO 80021
*Please note the entrance is off of W. 120th Ave.

Research Aircraft Open House Flyer
Air Quality Research Information from UCAR
CBS4 story about the Study


Construction Season in Full Swing

Larry Benshoof, Road & Bridge Director
comments open from July 2 until July 21

The Road & Bridge Division construction season is in full swing. Patching of failed asphalt and full scale asphalt overlays of our roadways may already be affecting some of you in your neighborhood. Please use caution in our work zones and try to keep the speed down for your safety and the safety of our employees. We precede the asphalt work with the removal and replacement of failed concrete sidewalk, curb & gutter and crosspans that meet our damage criteria.

In the areas of the county with unpaved roads, we re-grade the gravel roads that have sufficiently good material on them. We haul in new roadbase or recycled asphalt basecourse on the roads lacking material. The recycled asphalt basecourse comes from our paving projects that require rotomilling prior to the asphalt overlay. The use of recycled material saves upwards of $200,000 per year as opposed to buying new roadbase and helps to reduce dust.

You may wonder how we decide where to spend the limited funds that we have available for repair work each year. We maintain nearly 3,000 lane miles of paved roads and 700 lane miles of gravel roads in the unincorporated portion of Jeffco. In order to manage that size road network, we use an asset management system to evaluate current conditions on each segment of road. This system consists of data collection on the roads via a specially equipped van and then the loading of that information into the asset management program. Each segment of road is then given an overall condition index (OCI) rating from 1 – completely failed to 100 – brand new.

All of the ratings can then be mapped, analyzed and then used to group roads into the most efficient use of repair dollars in particular neighborhoods. The final step prior to actually scheduling any repairs is for us to drive each segment and verify that the information we have received is valid and that the road has been prioritized properly for the coming year’s proposed repairs.

When performing the actual repair work, be it asphalt or concrete, I have found that a two pronged approach works best. We hire private contractors for larger projects where they can achieve high production rates and therefore give us the lowest prices. We use our own forces on the smaller jobs which would be very expensive to have done by a private contractor. This approach allows us to keep sufficient manpower productively employed during the 8-month construction season in order to provide an excellent snowplowing effort during the 4-month winter season. Citizen surveys have indicated that a quick and efficient snow removal program is one of their highest priorities and the above approach allows Road & Bridge to deliver on those desires.


Personal Branding

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from June 25 until July 14

Have you heard of the term “personal branding” and wondered, “what is this?”

Personal branding is creating a specific image for yourself as an employee or job candidate through items such as your resume, your social media pages and your personal interactions. The goal of personal branding is to differentiate yourself from others in the skills and talents you have to offer.

How do I build a personal brand?
• First, focus on your talents and strengths.
• Second, know your mission and vision – what it is you are doing now and what you want to do in the future.
• Next, incorporate your values into your personal brand.
• Finally, develop a statement that describes your personal brand and use this throughout all of the arenas where you are marketing yourself as a potential candidate.

When searching for a job, thinking about the process as a marketing campaign will ensure you set yourself apart through your personal brand!


E-Cigarettes and Youth

by Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director
comments open from June 23 until July 12

Major tobacco companies, including the makers of Marlboro, Camel and Newport cigarettes, have a long history of marketing to youth and are now selling nicotine vaporizers in Colorado. Vaporizers, also called e-cigarettes or hookah pens, appeal to youth because of colorful or trendy high-tech packaging and kid-friendly content flavors such as strawberry, chocolate and menthol. Glamorized in advertisements and used by celebrities, e-cigarettes are often promoted as a means of expressing independence and rebellion.

Given the intensive marketing of e-cigarettes, it is hardly surprising that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this fall that the number of middle and high school youth who had tried an e-cigarette doubled from 2011 to 2012. While the aerosol emitted doesn’t smell like a burning cigarette, the liquid used in vaporizers often contains nicotine, the same poisonous and highly addictive substance found in conventional cigarettes, in addition to other poisonous or cancer-causing chemicals.

This liquid, found in disposable e-cigarettes and as replacement cartridges or “e-juice” for reusable vaporizers, poses an added danger. The high concentration of nicotine can be deadly, especially for young children, and exposure to e-cigarette liquid has led to a dramatic rise in the number of calls to poison control centers.

Despite being illegal for youth to buy, the use of e-cigarettes, hookah pens and other vaporizers is on the rise. Vaporizers are advertised and sold at stores where youth shop, and youth are purchasing them online by claiming to be older when asked for age verification. According to a March 2014 report in JAMA Pediatrics, youth who reported using e-cigarettes are more likely to also smoke regular cigarettes, smoke heavily, and have less success with quitting, even though they are often touted as tools to help cut down on smoking.

Another concern is that vaporizers can be bought or modified to “vape” marijuana, which is illegal for youth under the age of 21. Manufacturers are promoting their ability to hide the odor and deliver high potency marijuana.

For more information, or to get involved in local prevention and policy efforts that promote tobacco-free living, visit, email, or call 303-275-7555.

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