Tobacco Education

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, that’s about one of every five deaths.

Smoking alone kills more Americans each year than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murder, and suicides…COMBINED.

Smoking-related illnesses in the U.S. cost more than $300 billion per year, nearly $170 billion for direct medical care, and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to secondhand smoke exposure.

Secondhand Smoke

  • SmokeFreeColorado is a site that includes information about the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, how to report a violation, as well as other information about secondhand smoke.
  • Pueblo Heart Study validates previous scientific evidence that indoor smoke-free laws can dramatically reduce heart attacks (158 KB, PDF file).
  • Fact Sheet: What is secondhand smoke? (PDF, 80 KB)

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Every year nearly 60,000 non-smoking Americans die from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke.

Exposure to secondhand smoke for just 8 - 20 minutes has measurable effects linked with heart disease and stroke.

Thirdhand Smoke

Youth-Related Resources

  • Smokefree Teen is a site designed for teens to help tens take control of their own health.
  • Tobacco Is Nasty is an online website designed to inform and engage youth in choosing and promoting tobacco-free lifestyles.
  • N-O-T (Not On Tobacco) is a teen smoking cessation program for high school students from the American Lung Association of Colorado.
  • is a tobacco-free education program for kids from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Fact Sheet: Youth Tobacco Use in Colorado (PDF, 77 KB)
  • Colorado enjoys a state-wide Tobacco-Free Schools Law (CRS 25-14-103.5)

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Additional Tobacco Resources

  • Colorado STEPP (State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership) provides resources and tools for education and prevention of tobacco use in Colorado.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment‘s Online Resource Center enables access to numerous products and the latest campaign support materials.
  • Surgeon General’s Report (SGR) highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and details initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S. Check out some SGR related videos:
The Next 50 Years: “We can end smoking and tobacco use for good”
Tillamook Pharmacy Tobacco Free for over 50 Years: “Everyone will feel a lot better about themselves when they quit … selling it”
Check out this new FINISH IT online video launch for tobacco-free policies on campus.
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