Tobacco use among Weld County teens continues to be a major cause for concern. Research shows that 90% of adult tobacco users start before they are 18. Among Weld County High School Students specifically:
1 of every 4 students have tried smoking cigarettes;
13% are regular smokers;
14% have tried e-cigarettes/vaporizers; and
1 of every 10 uses smokeless/chewing tobacco.
(Source: 2013 Weld Healthy Kids Colorado Survey)
Community programs and school policies and interventions that encourage tobacco-free environments and lifestyles have been shown to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, in partnership with the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment, will be hosting a FREE Constructing Effective Tobacco-Free Schools Policy Training for all interested school/district staff, parents, and community members on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (1555 N. 17th Ave, Greeley CO 80631). Lunch will be provided and mileage will be reimbursed for individuals traveling outside the Greeley/Evans area. Please register for the training here: http://tinyurl.com/TFS-Greeley
The training will be facilitated by RMC Health and learning objectives of the training will include:
Describing essential components of effective tobacco prevention for schools.
Explaining Tobacco Free Schools Law and Teen Tobacco Use Prevention Act.
Identifying the process for policy review and adoption in school districts.
Discussing comprehensive policies that encompass potential issues that may arise from marijuana legalization.
Developing strategies to communicate and enforce the tobacco-free schools policies.
For more detailed information on the training, please contact Rachel Freeman at 970-304-6470 X 2385 or email@example.com.
The Weld County Tobacco 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).
The program focuses on three main program areas:
- youth tobacco prevention
- cessation for adults, pregnant
women and youth
- education and prevention of
Additionally, we are working on eliminating tobacco disparities in priority populations. A coalition made up of community members is also working toward eliminating tobacco as the leading preventable cause of disease and death in Weld County as part of the program. The Weld County Tobacco program is housed at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment as part of the Health Communication, Education and Planning division.