Tobacco Prevention and Education

We support smoke-free lifestyles, environments and policies to protect people's health. We want to be here when you need us.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable premature death and illness in the United States, including Denver. In Denver, approximately 21% of people smoke. More than 430,000 Americans die every year from tobacco-related diseases, including 4,300 in Colorado. Tobacco use killed one hundred million people in the 20th century, and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.

Health Effects of Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is a major contributor to four of the top 10 leading causes of death in Denver:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Influenza/pneumonia

Smoking and tobacco use can damage nearly every organ of the human body, and cause many types of:

  • Cancers
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung disease

People who don't use tobacco can also develop tobacco-related disease by being exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Resources and Support

Denver Public Health's Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides information, support, resources and technical assistance services to encourage tobacco-free living in the following areas:

  • Tobacco Cessation Resources and Cessation Clinics
  • Tobacco-free/Smoke-free Policies
  • Young adults 18-24 years old; Straight-to-work Population
  • Youth 14-18 years old, with a high susceptibility of becoming tobacco users will continue to be a priority population