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Coloradans and Tobacco

If quitting smoking is your new year’s resolution, the State of Colorado has new resources to help you.

Colorado QuitLine is a tool that Coloradans can use to get free products and coaching. According to a news release from the Colorado Department of Health & Environment, QuitLine has recently  been updated.

New online resources are available for free through the Colorado QuitLine. Thomas Ylioja, clinical director for the Colorado QuitLine, said, “As the needs and preferences of smokers change, QuitLine services are changing to meet those demands. We’ve added new features such as e-coaching, where clients can chat with a coach online rather than over the phone, if that’s what they’d prefer. Or, they can enroll online in a few minutes and receive coaching calls over the phone. Clients also can order nicotine patches or gum online and get it delivered to their door for free.”

Another helpful tool is Tobacco Free Colorado. This site also offers free support. It also contains information on how to help a friend or loved one quit smoking.

Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a program for helping pregnant women in Colorado quit smoking. Learn more about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy at CDPHE’s Quit Smoking for Baby and You webpage.

You can find additional resources at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)’s Quit Tobacco webpage.

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So, how many Coloradans use tobacco? While cigarette use has declined in recent years, new electronic vaping products have increased in use, especially among youth, according to an inphographic from CDPHE. A 2017 CDPHE report, Adult Tobacco Use and Exposure, also examines recent smoking rates and trends.

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In 2006 Colorado passed the Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking inside most public places. If you’re concerned about secondhand smoke, however, you can find out about your legal rights and how to protect yourself at CDPHE’s Secondhand Smoke page. Property owners and managers can also set no-smoking policies for multi-unit housing; for more information, see this guidebook.

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Finally, here are some additional resources on smoking and tobacco, available from our library:

 

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Resources for Quitting Smoking

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sponsors a website, www.tobaccofreeco.org, that is filled with resources to help smokers quit.  Just this week, a new feature was introduced on the site, a downloadable app that can give smokers a powerful incentive to quit.  The app is called “Quit and Save” — and it shows smokers just how much money they are spending on cigarettes, and how much they can save by quitting.  According to CDPHE’s news release, the average “pack-a-day” smoker spends about $2000 a year on cigarettes.  There are numerous other tobacco- and health-related resources on the Tobacco Free website, including statistics and marketing resources, so check it out and start saving money — and lives — today.

www.tobaccofreeco.org
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Great American Smokeout

Today is the Great American Smokeout. Please support anyone you know who is trying to kick the habit. A free program is available from the state to help people stop smoking. The Colorado Quitline will help you develop a quit program tailored to your individual needs. They provide nicotine replacement therapy, and offer telephone coaching. Check out their website at http://www.coquitline.org/ or give them a call: 1-800-Quit-Now for information and assistance.

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Great Colorado Smokeout

Today is the “Great American Smokeout”, a day when smokers are encouraged to take the first step and quit smoking. The State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP) sponsors the Colorado Quitline a free program designed to help smokers quit, and stay smoke-free. They have a team of “support coaches” and online educational information. In addition to the online information, there is a toll-free telephone service where you can speak with a coach in person: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

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Smoking Ban in Colorado

Colorado lawmakers passed The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act this past legislative session to protect the health of both the public and employees by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke. The law creates a safer and healthier environment for employees, families and people statewide to enjoy Colorado’s restaurants, bars and other indoor establishments. July 1, 2006 is the effective date.
Several Colorado organizations have worked together to develop resources to help educate the public, restaurants and bars and other businesses about the smoke-free law. Colorado offers some excellent and effective resources free of charge to all Coloradans who want to quit smoking: Colorado Quiteline and Colorado Quitnet.

How does the law affect:
Restaurants and Bars
Other Businesses
General Public

Check out the “Frequently Asked Questions” on each page above to answer such questions as: do businesses need to post a no-smoking sign, does the law apply to ski resorts on private land, or is smoking allowed in common laundry rooms in condominiums? Also, Fact Sheets with additional information in multiple languages are available to download.

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Smoke Rises at the State Capitol

Banning smoking in public places in Colorado has risen to the top of many debates this past week as the legislature conducts hearings on proposed bills. But what are some of the smoking facts?
According to STEPP (State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership), tobacco use is reponsible for more than 4,200 deaths yearly in our state and the annual healthcare costs in Colorado exceed $259 per capita.

More than 6,500 Colorado restaurants and 70 bars are 100{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} smoke-free and the issue of secondhand smoke affects children, pregnant women, restaurant/bar workers, and others. One study revealed that 88{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} of non-smokers had nicotine in their systems because of contact with secondhand smoke. Programs have been established to discourage smoking among youth such as Youth Tobacco Prevention and Intervention. Information on smoking and pregnancy is also available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Other resources from that department available from our library:
Tobacco use in Colorado : results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System by Rebecca Rosenblatt, HE18/62.12/56, also online
Cigarette smoking : the toll in Colorado, HE18/62.12/38, also online