Welcome to Tobacco-Free Gilpin

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and remains one of the top public health concerns in the state of Colorado. Each year, tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure take the lives of more than 4,300 Coloradans. The Tobacco-Free Gilpin health education program is designed to reduce the toll tobacco has on our communities. Our goal is to provide comprehensive information on the risks associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, protect youth from tobacco initiation and increase successful tobacco cessation outcomes among residents in Gilpin County.

What’s in the Aerosol?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), emit an aerosol (often mistakenly referred to as “vapor”) that is NOT harmless “water vapor” and is NOT as safe as clean air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While e-cigarettes generally emit lower levels of dangerous toxins than combined cigarettes, they can contain heavy metals, ultrafine particulate, and cancer-causing agents like acrolein. They also contain propylene glycol or glycerin and flavorings.

Are They Safe?

e-cig for web

From the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration): “As the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing: whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or if there are any benefits associated with using these products. Additionally, it is not known if e-cigarettes may lead young people to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death.”

Are They Effective Quit Smoking Devices?

According to the CDC, currently the evidence is insufficient to conclude that ENDS are effective for smoking cessation and ENDS are not an FDA-approved quit aid. Learn more about FDA-approved cessation methods with this fact sheet.

National Data on E-Cigarette Use – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Additional Resources:
Request More Information

For more information, please contact Katie Lazar at 303-275-7565 or klazar@jeffco.us.