Did You Know?
- There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure; even brief exposure can be harmful to health.
- Since 1964, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers have died from health problems caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
- 5.9 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked by kids each year in Colorado (tobaccofreekids.org).
- Over 10% of high school students in Colorado use tobacco (tobaccofreekids.org).
- Smoking claims an estimated 5,100 lives in Colorado each year (tobaccofreeco.org).
- Over 90,000 kids now under 18 and alive in Colorado will die prematurely from smoking (tobaccofreekids.org).
- Colorado spends over $1 billion on smoking-caused health costs every year (coloradohealth.org).
- Tobacco companies spend more than $123 million a year on marketing in just the state of Colorado (tobaccofreekids.org).
- E-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014; more kids now use e-cigarettes than smoke traditional cigarettes. (cdc.gov)
Are you interested in quitting tobacco use?
The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® (FFS) Online Program guides you through the process of quitting step by step. The program helps smokers develop a plan of action leading up to your Quit Day and provides you with the support you need to remain smoke-free. The program addresses the difficulties of quitting with a sensitive, supportive style. For more information visit: www.ffsonline.org
The Colorado QuitLine provides free coaching and support to people who want to quit. Even if you’re not ready to quit today, your coach can work with you to set a Quit Date and prepare for the journey. Visit www.coquitline.org for more information or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free coaching. Free nicotine patches are available to those who qualify.
To learn more about tobacco prevention and cessation, visit www.tobaccofreeco.org