Healthy Behaviors & Tobacco Cessation
While Colorado is often touted as America’s “leanest” state, we are not immune to the growing health crisis of obesity. Today, obesity affects not just our waistlines, but our bottom lines. Currently, Colorado spends $1.6 billion each year treating diseases and conditions related to obesity. The issue is impacting the potential lifespan of our children. It’s weighing on our personal lives, in our communities, in our work and school environments, and as a culture in Colorado.
What can you do? Visit the LiveWell Colorado website to learn more about healthy eating and active living. LiveWell Colorado aims to provide every Coloradan with access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in the places they live, work, learn and play.
Tobacco Education & Prevention Program (TEPP)
Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the US and the state of Colorado. Delta County Public Health is committed to reducing tobacco-related illness and death. Prevention strategies include providing access and education for:
• Quit Tobacco Resources
• Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program
• Tobacco Initiation Prevention Resources
• Secondhand Smoke Protection and Regulations
• Tobacco Free Policy Development
• Educational Materials
Visit the links below for details about these resources.
TEPP services are always free.
Please contact us to find out how TEPP can help you today.
How Can I Get Help Quitting Tobacco?
CALL 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
- Where other people like you can come together to help and support one another.
- Tips, videos, games, polls and photos that will help keep you on your quit path.
Enroll in COQuitMobile for free text support
Receive instant text support and coaching when you feel the urge to smoke or chew. Learn more about COQuitMobile.
Baby & Me Program
- 4 prenatal smoking cessation sessions when you commit to quit during pregnancy.
- Free diapers if you stay smoke free after your baby is born for up to 12 months.
- Double the amouunt of diapers are available if a household support member stays smoke free with the mom.
Learn more online about Baby & Me Tobacco Free.
Call 970-874-2165 to enroll today at the Delta County Public Health Department.
The benefits of quitting are considerable
within 20 minutes of quitting.
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.
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.
- Today Show interview with Dr. Nancy Schneiderman, January 2008.
- American Academy of Pediatrics identifies thirdhand smoke as a specific threat to child health and provides links to related research.
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”
- Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education (RMC) provides Colorado schools with tools and strategies for developing and implementing comprehensive tobacco free schools policy with a Checklist Toolkit and training.
Check out this new FINISH IT online video launch for tobacco-free policies on campus.