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Tobacco Control, Prevention and Education

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable premature death and illness in Denver. In Denver, approximately 21% of people smoke and between 2006 and 2010, more than 10,000 people died from tobacco-related illnesses.

Denver Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program provides a wide range of services to encourage tobacco-free living, including:

Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus

Promoting our mission to provide access to the highest quality healthcare, Denver Health is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. The us of tobacco and marijuana products including e-cigarettes is strictly prohibited on our main campus, as well as adjacent and surrounding hospital properties, including our community and school-based health centers. Anyone violating this policy is subject to a $300 fine. Thank you for your cooperation and anticipated support of our smoke and tobacco-free policy.


New Opinion Piece Highlights Smoke-Free Zones as Key to Reducing Tobacco Harms

A new opinion piece in Health News Colorado from our director, Dr. William Burman, details the impact of the "I Am A Smoke-Free Zone" campaign we worked on with TriCounty Health Department and Jefferson County Public Health, among other local public health departments.

Survey About Youth Tobacco Access in Denver

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, Evolvement Denver released the results of the 5,421 public opinion surveys gathered by Youth Advocates from its Licensed to Sell Tobacco Initiative.

The Licensed to Sell Tobacco Initiative is youth-driven movement focused on positive and effective ways to keep kids safe from tobacco and tobacco products, including implementing a tobacco retail license. In its first year, Evolvement youth conducted a public opinion survey about youth tobacco access in Denver. Data collected between January and June 2013 on youth tobacco access showed that:

  • Most (59%) youth in Denver think it’s easy to buy tobacco in stores even if you're under the legal age of 18.
  • 82% of adults are concerned that youth can illegally purchase tobacco products in Denver.

So, why is tobacco retail licensing right for Denver? Check out the Licensed to Sell Tobacco Initiative to learn more about the issue, to read the full survey results and to get involved in this youth-driven model for change.


E-Cigarettes are becoming more and more popular, but do you know the risks in smoking them? Ryan Warner, from Colorado Public Radio, speaks with Dr. Bill Burman, director of Denver Public Health, regarding the concerns about the safety of the devices. Listen here!