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 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)
- In 2011, about 21 percent of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used e-cigarettes, up from about 10 percent in 2010.
- Overall, about six percent of all adults have tried e-cigarettes, with estimates nearly doubling from 2010.
- In 2012, 10% of high school students reported that they tried e-cigarettes, an increase of over 5% from 2011.
- E-cigarette use among U.S. middle school students also nearly doubled from 1.4% to 2.7% in 2012.
- Current e-cigarette use (use on at least 1 day in the past 30 days) among U.S. middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.
- Tobacco-Free Jeffco Fact Sheets
- CDC E-Cigarette Web Page (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults (2016 Surgeon General’s Report)
- Get the Facts on Vaping (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Key Facts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Information on E-Cigarettes (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
- Statement on E-Cigarettes (American Lung Association)
- E-Cigarettes: A Scientific Review (University of California, San Francisco)
- E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Middle and High School Students in Just One Year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Increase in E-Cigarette Poisonings Article (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Marijuana and Public Health Information (Jefferson County Public Health)
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 email@example.com.
Self-Help and Web Resources
- Get help to quit by using Colorado’s web-based resources at – TobaccoFreeCO.org
- Re-learn life without cigarettes – BecomeAnEx.org
- Quit chew, dip or other forms of smokeless tobacco – MyLastDip.com
- Receive text messages to support you in your quitting process – SmokeFree.gov/SmokeFreeTXT
- Download the Quit and Save smartphone app for help with quitting – TobaccoFreeCO.org/Quit/Quit-Today/Tobacco-Quit-and-Save-App
- Learn more about secondhand smoke and health issues associated with smoking and kids – IAmASmoke-FreeZone.org
- Find out more about the tobacco industry’s dirty secrets. Also find resources to help you or your older children build a resolve to quit and stay quit. Includes games, videos and other fun youth-focused resources encouraging tobacco-free living – TheTruth.com
- Find quitting advice, tips and support specific to women’s needs at Women.SmokeFree.gov
- Get the facts about e-cigarettes – TobaccoFreeJeffco.com/vaporizers