Our Goal: Decrease the rate of tobacco uses in Mesa County by offering free and low cost resources to residents and prevention youth tobacco use, including vaping.
Be Tobacco Free
In an effort to reduce the tobacco use in Mesa County, key stakeholders including Community Hospital, Hilltop Community Resources, MarillacHealth, Mesa County Public Health, Mesa County Valley School District 51, Primary Care Partners, and St. Mary’s Hospital have partnered to enhance local quit options and support youth prevention efforts.
Join your fellow community members and be tobacco free.
B4Babies Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program
This program is free to pregnant women who smoke tobacco. There are no income guidelines and mothers who stay quit will receive free diapers for six months. The B4Babies Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program provides education, support and encouragement to help quit smoking. Contact Karen Clymer at 970-254-2206 or click here for more information.
The Colorado QuitLine is a FREE online service available to Colorado residents 12 years of age and over. When you become a member, you get special tools, a support team of coaches, research-based information, and a community of others trying to become tobacco free. Their expert coaches can talk to you about overcoming common barriers, such as dealing with stress, fighting cravings, and coping with irritability.
Colorado QuitLine also offer a free telephone service, so you can speak to a coach in person, if you would prefer. Through the telephone program you can receive a supply of patches and other nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) too.
Call the QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669. Click here.
Monument Health Tobacco Cessation Support
Marillac Clinic uses AccuWellness sessions using acupuncture to help with smoking cessation and the anxiety smoking cessation can cause. AccuWellness group sessions are available weekly, led by Rod Pyland LCSW. Many patients have found AccuWellness provides a greater sense of well-being. Contact Marillac Clinic at 298-1978 to sign up for the next AccuWellness session. Providers at the Marillac Clinic also encourage patients to use the Colorado Quitline and offer smoking cessation support through the use of medications. Additionally, the clinic has started a new group-based Tobacco Free Program to teach information, skills and strategies that can be used to build a healthy lifestyle and stop tobacco use (Click here for more information).
Primary Care Partners
Paula Anderson, certified well-coach, provides resource information to people who would like to quit tobacco. Tom McCloskey, Primary Care Partners’ pharmacist, also coaches patients using FDA-approved medications as an aide in cessation: nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patches, gum), bupropion/Zyban, and varenicline/Chantix.
St. Mary’s Hospital
St. Mary’s has developed a “Tobacco Free Workplace” program for any company that wants to help their employees quit tobacco.
Quit For You Program by Rite Aid
This program takes a personalized wellness approach to smoking cessation. Quit For You’s one-on-one communication with a specially trained pharmacist is what sets this program apart from the rest. It focuses on the positive change quitting smoking will have on you and the lives of all the people you’re quitting for. Click here for more information.
Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
Did you know the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act was updated in 2019 to include vaping? That means all indoor public spaces, including all bars and restaurants, are smoke and vape-free. Additionally, people will have to stand at least 25 feet from entrances while smoking or vaping. Click here for more information about the policy update.
Tobacco Free Schools
All public schools in Colorado are tobacco free, which means tobacco use is prohibited on all District 51, Plateau Valley, and De-Beque properties for all students, staff, and visitors 24/7/365. This includes traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco as well as vape products. FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy products, such as patches, gum and lozenges, are excluded from this policy and can be used on school properties.
Outdoor Tobacco Policies
What parks in Mesa County are smoke/vape-free?
- Grand Junction parks – smoke and vape-free (Click here for more information about park rules)
- Fruita parks – smoke and vape-free
- Mesa County parks – smoke-free
Other smoke or tobacco locations in Mesa County:
- Colorado Mesa University – smoke and vape-free
- Grand Junction VA Medical Center – smoke and vape-free
- St. Mary’s Medical Center, Community Hospital, and Family Health West – smoke-free
- Mesa County Public Libraries – smoke-free
Did you know 90% of all adult smokers begin smoking by age 18? Below are policy efforts that effectively reduce youth tobacco use initiation.
On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation raising the federal minimum age for sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21 years across the United States. This applies to all retail establishments and persons without exception. Click here for more information.
One key component to effective enforcement of this policy is tobacco retail licensing. Colorado is one of twelve states without a tobacco retail license.
Click here to learn more about the impacts of a tobacco retail licensing system.
House Bill 2020-1001, Nicotine Product Regulation, would create a state tobacco licensing program and is currently under consideration by the Colorado legislature. To keep up-to-date on this legislation click here.
According to the Surgeon General, raising prices on tobacco products is “one of the most effective tobacco control interventions” (US DHHS, 2014).
- Youth are more sensitive to price increases in tobacco, which makes them less likely to use tobacco when prices increase.
- Colorado ranks 39th in the nation for the amount of its cigarette excise tax ($0.84).
- Colorado is among 19 states that have not increased their cigarette taxes in 10 or more years.
- E-cigarettes and other electronic/vaping devices are not taxed in the state of Colorado.