Tobacco Control Program

Overview

The Weld County Tobacco Control Program is funded through a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment as part of the Amendment 35 Tobacco Tax through the state Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP).  

In partnership with the Tobacco Free Coalition of Weld County, the Weld County Tobacco Control Program works to reduce tobacco use through: 

  • Preventing initiation of tobacco use among young people
  • Developing and identifying services to help people quit tobacco use (cessation)
  • Educating and protecting people from secondhand smoke
  • Addressing inequities in tobacco use among diverse populations

Quit Tobacco Appointments

Broken cigarette Need help quitting tobacco? Think you've tried everything? Tobacco Treatment Specialists are here to help you quit tobacco. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment offers FREE one-on-one appointments to help you quit tobacco!

A one-on-one appointment with a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist will guide you to:

  • Create your own quit plan
  • Learn tips to help you quit and stay quit
  • Learn about medications to help you quit

The Health Department offers five FREE appointments for Weld County residents ages 18 and older at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment in Greeley. Appointments are available in English and Spanish. Call (970) 304-6470 to make an appointment today.

E-Cigarettes and Youth

Teen boy uses a vape pen Vape, Juul, e-hookah, e-cig, mods. These are all names for e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an inhaled aerosol. They are brightly colored and come in 7,000+ kid-friendly flavors. E-Cigarettes are illegal for anyone under 18 years old to purchase, use, and possess, but use among teens is still on the rise. According to a recent report by the CDC, 1 of every 4 Colorado high school students, over double the national average, used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. Kids are attracted to them because of their sleek tech appeal, variety of candy flavors, and impressive "cloud tricks" found in numerous online videos. 

E-cigarettes contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans. Because clinical studies about the safety of e-cigarettes have not been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you have no way of knowing which chemicals they contain, if they are safe, or how much nicotine you are inhaling. There is currently no way of knowing the long-term effects of e-cigarette use. As a parent or trusted adult, it can be hard to advise teens about vaping if you don’t know much about it. Please visit Tobacco Free Colorado for resources designed to help you understand the ins and outs of vaping and then confidently talk with teens about it.

My Life, My Quit

My Life My QuitMy Life, My Quit is a free and confidential service for teens who want to quit smoking or vaping. The My Life, My Quit online program is self guided, meaning you can go through it at your own pace. The program provides activities to support quitting and stress relief, as well as access to coaches who are on demand via text or live chat for additional support and tips. Get started by texting "Start" to 36072. 

 

PACT Mural Project

PACT Mural

Youth involved in the PACT (Preventing Addiction Caused by Tobacco) Youth Coalition and local artist Armando Silva in June 2017 painted a mural in Downtown Greeley. PACT hopes the mural will remind the community to protect the future of Weld County youth against tobacco and secondhand smoke by creating smoke- and vapor-free areas.

Smoke- and vapor-free areas protect youth from secondhand smoke and help youth stay tobacco free as they:

  • Make tobacco use less socially acceptable
  • Set a healthy example for young people
  • Reduce the opportunities for young people to use tobacco products

See the mural at 8th Avenue and 7th Street in Greeley.

Special Events

Great American Smokeout: November 18, 2021

The Great American Smoke out is the third Thursday of each November. It is a day encouraging people who smoke to quit, contemplate quitting, or make a plan to quit. Quitting takes time but is worth it no matter how much or how long you have smoked. The Tobacco Control Program encourages you to use this day to commit to quit for 24 hours and then some.

Take Down Tobacco: April 1, 2022

Formerly known as "Kick Butts Day," this national day of action is for young people to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry by encouraging peers to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing, urging the community to stay tobacco free, and encouraging elected officials to take action and be a part of protecting kids from tobacco. Stay tuned for more information on what the Tobacco Control Program will be doing on April 1. 

World No Tobacco Day: May 31, 2022

This is an annual recognition to inform the public on the health effects of tobacco use, the business practices of tobacco companies, and what every person can do to claim their right to or promote tobacco-free lifestyles. Check back to see how the Tobacco Control Program will celebrate this day in 2022.