The Facts
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Let's be honest. Tobacco is a thief, and a killer. In Colorado alone, tobacco claims the lives of 5,100 Colorado smokers each year. As it makes its way to our youth, 92,000 Colorado kids age 18 or younger will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Smoking alone kills more Americans each year than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murder, and suicides…COMBINED. As Coloradans, we pay through the lives of our loved ones and also pay an average of $570 per household in state and federal taxes to fund programs that address the consequences of smoking.

Despite it all tobacco is still a fixture in our communities, and even allowed into our homes.
  • 44% of Colorado adults are exposed to secondhand smoke each year
  • 193,000 Colorado kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home each year
Tobacco also continues to find new and younger victims as its older users quit or die:
  • 5,300 Colorado kids (younger than 18) will become new daily smokers each year
  • Roughly 1 in 10 male high school students will use smokeless tobacco
To better understand all the the impacts tobacco has on Colorado, visit the buttons linked below.

national and local research
Learn what the latest Colorado data and findings from the U.S. Surgeon General have to say about tobacco use and its effects on health.

What you should know about electronic cigarettes.

impacts of tobacco
Tobacco impacts your health, our environment, and the economy. Learn about the ways tobacco affects us all.

Information about Colorado’s laws regarding tobacco.

other tobacco products
There is no safe tobacco product. Click here to learn about other products including smokeless tobacco and hookahs.

tobacco industry
The tobacco industry is always looking for new customers as its products kill loyal users. Learn what it’s willing to do to lure new users.

Learning the costs can help you find ways to keep you, your family, and your community tobacco free.