KKCO - Partners - Tobacco Free Colorado



TobaccoFreeCO.org is a project of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's (CDPHE) State Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Program. The program was created to combat this deadly public health issue. Specifically, this website is intended to serve as a resource on tobacco cessation and prevention for residents, and public health organizations throughout Colorado.

The Problem

Let's be honest. Tobacco is a thief, and a killer. In Colorado alone, tobacco claims the lives of 4,300 Colorado smokers each year. As it makes its way to our youth, 92,000 Colorado kids age 18 or younger will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Smoking alone kills more Americans each year than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murder, and suicides…COMBINED. As Coloradans, we pay through the lives of our loved ones and also pay an average of $570 per household in state and federal taxes to fund programs that address the consequences of smoking.

Despite it all tobacco is still a fixture in our communities, and even allowed into our homes.
  • 44% of Colorado adults are exposed to secondhand smoke each year
  • 193,000 Colorado kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home each year
Tobacco also continues to find new and younger victims as its older users quit or die:
  • 5,300 Colorado kids (younger than 18) will become new daily smokers each year
  • Roughly 1 in 10 male high school students will use smokeless tobacco


Nicotine addiction is the most common form of chemical dependence in the U.S. There is some research that even suggests it’s as addictive as heroin, cocaine, and even alcohol. Breaking free of this addiction sometimes takes multiple tries. However, tobacco users do quit, and you can too. You may find it shocking to know there are more former smokers today than current smokers.¹

If you’re a current tobacco user, answer these simple yes or no questions:
  • Do you care about your health?
  • Do your family members care about your health?
  • Do you want to live a long, healthy life?
  • Is your family better off if you remain healthy?
  • Is providing for your family and loved ones important?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you have a motivation for quitting tobacco. It can be a difficult process, but in this section you’ll find a variety of resources to help you each step of the way.

Get Involved

You can help create a healthier Colorado. Lend a hand and get involved to fight against a killer that claims an estimated 4,300 lives in Colorado each year. This is more than alcohol, AIDs, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.¹ 

Start now by helping to keep tobacco away from kids, fight against the impacts of secondhand smoke, create smoke-free housing policies,report a violation, or sign a pledge to be tobacco-free. You can even get social by sharing messages online.
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