Prevention & Wellness
Tobacco Use Prevention
Preventing Tobacco Use
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States with more than 480,000 Americans dying every year from tobacco-related diseases. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Cancer, heart disease and chronic lung disease are just some of the diseases connected directly to tobacco use, and even people who don't use tobacco themselves are at risk of developing tobacco-related diseases through exposure to secondhand smoke.
Are You Ready to Quit?
If you are ready to quit tobacco—or even thinking about quitting in the future—these resources can get you started. Talk to your doctor about additional resources that may be available to you.
The Colorado Quitline: (1-800-QUITNOW) offers free coaching and support for your quit journey.
My Life My Quit: A free cessation resource just for teens.
The Baby & Me—Tobacco Free Program: Helps pregnant women quit smoking and stay tobacco free after their baby is born. Incentives include a voucher to purchase diapers or wipes for up to six months postpartum upon successfully quitting.
Freedom From Smoking: This program, created by the American Lung Association, uses proven activities and tools to help you say good-bye to smoking for good.
Baby Bear Hugs
Baby Bear Hugs is an organization that provides expectant, new and seasoned parents with support and education about their new babies and up to the age three. Services are provided through personal in-home visits or group support. Baby Bear Hugs also provides connections to community support systems.
For more information, call 970-630-7673 or Elbert County Human Services at 303-621-3149.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a registered nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is 2 years old.
Elbert County Public Health