Welcome to Citizens for a Healthier Lakewood
Citizens for a Healthier Lakewood is a coalition of Lakewood residents, leaders, business people and community organizations working together to make Lakewood a healthier place to live. Our coalition works to improve health for all the people who live, work and play in Lakewood by strengthening policies which help reduce tobacco’s toll in our community. Click on the fact sheet to the left to learn more!
In our first attempt at affecting a health policy, we were successful in strengthening the city’s tobacco ordinance to reduce public exposure to secondhand smoke. The work to build support for a stronger law spanned several years and engaged more than 100 community members as advocates. Though not all that we had fought for, the law in Lakewood does increase protections from secondhand smoke in several public areas not previously protected.
The Citizens for a Healthier Lakewood Coalition is currently looking at strategies to reduce youth access to tobacco in the City of Lakewood.
Licensing tobacco retailers is a proven approach that helps prevent illegal sales of tobacco to minors and reduces youth access and use of tobacco. According to the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), two out of three underage Colorado youth who attempted to purchase cigarettes were able to buy cigarettes. In addition to reducing illegal sales, tobacco retailer licensing serves as a means to better enforce all current tobacco-related laws, including state and federal, and to increase certain youth-specific protections such as prohibiting self-service displays, increasing clerk age to sell tobacco and limiting the number of tobacco retailers located near schools.
How to Get Involved With Citizens for A Healthier Lakewood
Consider attending a future Citizens for a Healthier Lakewood coalition meeting and/or completing the contact form below.
You’re invited to join us for our next meeting!
Check back soon for updates!