Tobacco takes the lives of 5,100 Coloradans every year – more than any other preventable cause of death in our state. The Tobacco-Free Jeffco Alliance is made up of community coalitions, individual advocates, organizational and business partners, public health, and tobacco control specialists across Jefferson County, Colorado. Our work together supports the goal of reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke and its harms to people, communities, pets and the environment. The accomplishments achieved in our county as a result of these efforts save lives and help reduce the financial and social burden caused by tobacco in our communities. Please use this website to educate yourself and your loved ones, find out about what is happening to address tobacco and its harms, and to get involved. The maintenance of this website is supported by the Tobacco Prevention Initiative of Jefferson County Public Health and grant funding from voter-approved Amendment 35 tobacco tax. To learn more about Tobacco-Free Jeffco, view our About Us page. To learn more about our grant-funded initiatives, visit our TPI Grant Projects page.
Latest News / Upcoming Events
Free Parenting Workshops for the 2021-2022 School Year
Jefferson County Communities that Care, Jeffco Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Initiative are offering two workshops during the 2021-2022 school year for parents, guardians and caregivers. During the workshops, participants will learn practical skills for building trust and having difficult conversations with youth about alcohol, marijuana, vaping and other substances. Workshops will be offered monthly during the year (excluding December) in both English and Spanish. Visit www.twelvetalks.com/workshops or www.twelvetalks.com/entrenamientos to learn more.
Wheat Ridge Passes Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance
The City of Wheat Ridge approved Ordinance #1710 on April 12, 2021, which requires retailers selling tobacco or nicotine products in Wheat Ridge to obtain an annual license. Additionally, the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products has been raised to 21 years of age, and self-service tobacco product displays are prohibited. Visit this page to learn more about how Wheat Ridge is protecting its youth from tobacco!
Jefferson County Public Health Launches New Campaign to Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke and E-Cigarette Aerosol
“Let’s Clear the Air We Share” is an educational campaign that was created in partnership with communities across Jefferson County to inform residents and visitors about existing laws related to outdoor smoking and vaping, educate about the harms of secondhand smoke and vapor and inspire everyone to work together to keep the air we share clean and healthy for all. Learn more at www.jeffco.us/cleartheair
FDA Commits to Banning Menthol and All Flavors in Cigars
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a commitment to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars on April 29, 2021. This is an important step towards reducing addiction, youth tobacco initiation, promoting quitting and addressing health disparities. Read the news release to learn more.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
For the most up to date information regarding Jefferson County’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/3999/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19.
Smoking, Vaping, and COVID-19
Worried about smoking or vaping and COVID-19? The Colorado QuitLine provides some answers and offers free resources to help you identify healthy coping skills to use instead of smoking or vaping.
2020 Surgeon General’s Report
The Surgeon General released the first report focused on smoking cessation in 30 years. Read more and view the fact sheet.