Tobacco Education & Prevention
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States killing more Americans each year than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, illegal drugs, murder, and suicide combined. Tobacco also burdens Coloradans with billions every year in health care costs.
Ninety percent of all tobacco users start before age 18 (CDC, 2014). The tobacco companies are developing new products such as e-cigarettes faster than they can be regulated, which is contributing to an increase in youth tobacco use.
The Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (TEPP) is a grant-funded program that works with community partners to:
- Help adults and youth quit tobacco
- Prevent youth from starting tobacco
- Decrease exposure to secondhand smoke