Latest Happenings Archives

Great American Spit Out 20142/14/14February 23, 2014 marked the Great American Spit Out (GASpO), an annual one-day challenge that takes place during the Through with Chew national effort.  GASpO serves as an opportunity for people who use smokeless tobacco to practice being tobacco-free.  Read the news release to learn more.

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center to Launch Smoking Cessation Program for New Moms

Exempla Lutheran's new Healthy You, Healthy Baby is a new program that will provide education and intervention to help new moms quit smoking or keep from starting back up.  Read the news release to learn more.

CVS Caremark Discontinuing Sales of all Tobacco Products by Fall 2014
CVS Caremark has announced that it will no longer sell tobacco in its CVS/Pharmacy stores. Jefferson County applauds CVS Caremark for taking such an important step in making public health a priority.  Access news stories here.

State Health Department Calls on FDA to Regulate E-cigarettes, Other New Tobacco Products
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and several local health agencies urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other new tobacco products to protect public health and prevent a new generation of Coloradans from becoming addicted.  View the news release to learn more.

New Surgeon General's Report and 50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's First Report on Smoking and Health


This January marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General's Report that was the first on smoking and health.  Also, a new report will be released on 1/17/14.  View news release to learn more about the 50th anniversary, see news release about highlights from new report, and access the new report here.

CDC Director sounds the alarm on sweet and cheap tobacco products

Flavored little cigars can be sold virtually anywhere, and kids are a prime target of these new products, Dr. Tom Frieden says. Join the Tobacco-Free Jeffco Alliance  against sweet, cheap, and deadly tobacco products in our community.


Red Rocks Community College and Lakewood High School Educated Students on the Great American Smokeout
Students and faculty participated in a number of educational opportunities at this year’s Great American Smokeout (GASO) campus event hosted by Red Rocks Community College and Jefferson County Public Health.  Read the news release for more information.


The Great American Smokeout will be Thursday, November 21st


Quit for a day or quit for life!  Tobacco-Free Jeffco encourages all tobacco users to try to quit tobacco on November 21st.  Read the news release to learn more, and visit the Ready to Quit page for resources for quitting.

New CDC Study Highlights Flavored Tobacco Products - Trick, Not a Treat
A recently released report shows that more than 40% of middle and high school students who smoke report using either flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes.  Read the news release to learn more.

"What's in Store for Our Kids" Education Campaign Launched


The Jefferson County Public Health Tobacco Prevention Initiative and Tobacco-Free Jeffco Alliance are promoting a new ad campaign entitled "What’s in Store for Our Kids," to educate residents about how the tobacco industry is targeting youth in Jefferson County.  Learn more.

"I Am A Smoke-Free Zone" Kicks Off


You may have seen or heard the new "I Am A Smoke-Free Zone" advertisements on television, bus shelters, or the radio.  This new education campaign focuses on limiting children's exposure to secondhand smoke.  Read the news release and learn more at

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Launches

  • The new site includes information on the risks associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and offers resources to help become or remain tobacco-free.
  • View the press release about the website launch.

New Eye-Catching Displays
July / August 2013

  • View the eye-catching display that was exhibited during the month of July about how the tobacco industry targets youth.  The display included Lakewood High School senior Hannah Bendikson's powerful artwork.
  • New displays highlighting the "My Greatest Enemy" campaign can be seen around the community in clinics and other partner organizations waiting rooms and public areas.

Cigarette Butt Pick Up

Monday, April 22, 2013

  • 4.5 trillion Cigarette butts are littered annually.
  • Jefferson County Public Health worked with youth and young adults to coordinate local cigarette butt pick-up activities that took place on Earth Day.

2013 Kick Butts Day
March 20, 2013

Contact the Jefferson County Tobacco Prevention Initiative

Email or call us at 303-275-7555