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?

From the FDA (U.S. Food and e-cig for webDrug 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)
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Tobacco-Free Gilpin is a partnership with the Jefferson County Public Health Tobacco Prevention Initiative and Tobacco-Free Jeffco. Our staff focuses on best practice strategies for providing sustainable approaches to reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in communities. The activities of the Tobacco-Free Gilpin health education program support and complement the goals of Tobacco-Free Jeffco as well as tobacco prevention and control efforts across the region. Our work is funded through revenue collected from the 2005 voter-approved Amendment 35 Tobacco Excise Tax.

Tobacco-Free Gilpin also partners with the following organizations:

Resources to Help You Break Free From Tobacco Dependence and Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

If you want to quit using tobacco there are several helpful, free resources available to residents of Gilpin County. Whether you are exploring approaches for quitting, seeking ongoing support, or looking for a class or web-based self-help resource, below is a list to get you started on the quitting journey. Note: this is not intended to be an exhaustive list or an endorsement of these resources, but to offer a variety of choices for those interested in quitting or remaining tobacco-free.

Coaching, Classes, Webinars, Support Groups and Referrals
  • For telephone support, coaching and resources to help you or a loved one become tobacco-free, call the Colorado QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.COQuitLine.org.
  • If you are interested in increasing your health, wellness and quality of life by cutting back or quitting tobacco, Jefferson Center for Mental Health has a number of options. Call 303-432-5372 or visit WellnessNowJCMH.org.
  • Kaiser Permanente offers a variety of web-based and face-to-face support for people at all stages of the quitting process. For more information about the webinar options and to register visit www.KPwebinar.org or call 1-866-868-7112. You do not have to be a Kaiser member to participate.
  • Nicotine Anonymous offers face-to-face phone and web-based 12 Step meetings. For more information visit www.Nicotine-Anonymous.org.
  • For information about local resources for quitting contact the Gilpin County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Initiative at 303-239-7022 or jfanselo@jeffco.us.
Self-Help and Web Resources
Request More Information

For more information, please contact Jamie Fanselow at 303-239-7022 or jfanselo@jeffco.us.