Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and in Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S., an estimated 480,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke and another 16 million live with a disease caused by smoking.
Jefferson County Public Health Tobacco Prevention Initiative
The Tobacco Prevention Initiative (TPI) at Jefferson County Public Health implements tobacco prevention projects that focus on best practice strategies for partnerships, programs and sustainable approaches to reducing the toll of tobacco. The TPI works in tandem with the Tobacco-Free Jeffco Alliance on the goal to decrease tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and the aerosol emitted by electronic smoking devices its harms to people, communities and the environment. These efforts have resulted in accomplishments in tobacco control that help save lives and reduce the financial and social burden of tobacco in our communities.
Visit the Tobacco-Free Jeffco website [external link] for information about quitting tobacco, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and the aerosol emitted by electronic smoking devices as well as ways to get involved in local tobacco prevention efforts in Jefferson County.