Tobacco Prevention

Our Tobacco Prevention Initiative aims to reduce the burden of tobacco in Lake County.

Why the Work Matters

Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in our state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). In Lake County and Colorado, 15% of adults use tobacco. And while cigarette smoking has been on the decline now for decades, vaping is now on the rise.

CDPHE research also shows that we do not all equally share the burden of tobacco. In Colorado, certain populations carry a higher burden compared to their counterparts, such as adults with a lower income or education level, adults with a mental health issue, adults between the ages of 18-24 who chose to go to work instead of college, pregnant women on Medicaid, and LGBT youth and adults.

Members of the Youth Coalition at Lake County Build a Generation present on the topic of youth tobacco use in Lake County.

Recent Milestone

The youth coalition worked with the Lake County School District to update all its Tobacco-Free Schools signage to include a prohibition on vaping.

To get involved

If you care about tobacco prevention, please join us! Most of our tobacco prevention work is led by youth, but there are always supportive roles for passionate adults. Please reach out to Kevin Pokorny at for more information about ways to be involved.