Mission: To create and promote healthy Pueblo County families through education, awareness and policy.
Pueblo continues to be a leader in taking steps to protect our community from the dangers of tobacco:
- Pueblo Smoke-Free Air Act - Enacted 2003
- Non-Cigarette Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance (2013)
- Amended youth possession law to include vapor products (2014)
Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States!
The Pueblo Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (PTEPP) is dedicated to making Pueblo a healthier community through tobacco:
- Prevention efforts
- Cessation resources
- Education information
PTEPP is funded through a grant with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Amendment 35 state tobacco tax dollars.
The United States Surgeon General’s Report of 2014 states:
- Smoking still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year in the United States.
- At least $156 billion in losses to our economy are caused from illness and death from smoking.
- At least 88 million Americans continue to be exposed to the dangerous chemicals in secondhand smoke.
Research shows that 90% of adult smokers started before the age of 18. This proves how important it is to prevent youth tobacco use.
Tobacco use is more than just cigarettes; it includes use of chewing tobacco, cigars, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), dissolvable products and more. Although health concerns from the use of these products vary, it is clear that every tobacco product has some level of danger and no tobacco product is completely safe.
Great strides have been made across Colorado to ensure our loved ones aren’t exposed to secondhand smoke in public places. However, smoking in homes and inside cars, especially with children present, has to stop. There are four myths associated with secondhand smoke:
- Myth #1- Opening a window in the car or house while smoking will protect non-smokers.
- Truth #1 – Ventilating secondhand smoke does not do enough to protect non-smokers.
- Myth #2- If the smoke cannot be smelled there is no risk.
- Truth #2 – Even if someone can’t smell secondhand smoke, he/she may still be breathing its poisonous toxins.
- Myth #3- If the non-smoker is far enough away or in another room from the smoker there is no risk.
- Truth #3 – In a home or car, there is no safe distance between non-smokers and secondhand smoke.
- Myth #4- The only way to protect non-smokers from the smoke is to quit smoking.
Truth #4 – Smokers do not have to quit smoking right away to protect non-smokers, they can simply step out.
- When stepping outside to smoke, designate a jacket or sweater to use when you smoke, then leave that piece of clothing outside. The smoke will absorb into the jacket or sweater and not the clothes.
When a person has made the decision to quit using tobacco there are resources available to help. The Centers for Disease Control's best practices states that combining counseling and medication is most effective regarding tobacco cessation.
Freedom From Smoking Cessation Classes are coming to Pueblo. To learn more about when and where classes will be held:
- Visit www.TobaccoFreeCO.org and find “Quitting Resources” under the “Resources” tab.
- 'Like" us on Facebook and check updated information.
- Call us at 583-9901.
The Colorado QuitLine is a free phone service program available to all Coloradans. Get cessation assistance from trained coaches and receive free nicotine replacement therapy, if eligible.
To contact the QuitLine, call 1 800 QUIT NOW (1 800 784 8669).
Ready to quit now? We have smoking quit kits, chewing quit kits and pregnancy tobacco quit kits available for immediate pick-up. Quit kits have information to help users quit. Come to the Pueblo City-County Health Department, Operations and Health Promotion Division on the second floor.
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids - Get the latest facts, news, and resources related to tobacco and youth.
- The Truth - You’re smart enough to make your own decisions about smoking. Make sure you’re armed with the right facts.
- My Last Dip - A series of unique web-based interventions that have been designed to help chewing tobacco users quit for good. One program is specially designed for chewers ages 14-25.
- www.Teen.smokefree.gov - This site is designed and run by people at the National Cancer Institute and is geared toward helping teens and enabling them to make the right decisions. They will help teens understand the decisions they make - especially the decision to quit smoking - and how those decisions fit into their lives.