Tobacco Free Weld County

Nova Explores Tobacco Addiction by tobaccofreeweld
September 28, 2009, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Industry Tactics, New Products, Quitting and Cessation, Research | Tags: ,

A very interesting and interactive website about nicotine addiction is available at this link:

NOVA “The Dope on Nicotine”



Tobacco Costs Not Just Money by tobaccofreeweld
April 3, 2009, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Quitting and Cessation | Tags:

In these down economic times, you would think people would cut out items that don’t serve them well or are just an added expense. Tobacco would certainly count as that. It not only costs a lot to your pocket book, but also to your health. Quitting tobacco or not starting in the first place is the best choice you can make for so many reasons, financially only being one. Use the extra money you will save by not using it for any number of things, or save it up and notice the tremendous amount of money saved (on average $1800-2000 for a pack a day smoker), not to mention the other costs.

Cigarette is Dead Campaign in Weld County by tobaccofreeweld

This week, students and youth across Weld County will be returning from spring break to a brand new campaign called The Cigarette is Dead. The Campaign is a state-wide effort to reach young people with the message that the cigarette is dead in all ways -politically, socially, and environmentally. The Cigarette is Dead Campaign in Greeley uses such media as billboards and bus benches, the cooperation of over 30 businesses to place posters and other gear, collaborations of schools like Aims and UNC and coalition member support. We hope to drive tobacco users to the QuitLine (1-800-QUIT-NOW) and everyone to the official website: . Here is a little slice of what we have been doing and pictures of the campaign in action:

Bulletin Board

Banner from UNC’s University Center

billboard off 59th
Billboard off 59th Ave and 10th Street in Greeley

Bathroom at Noodles

UNC common area at the UC

Cigarette is Dead Can

Cigarettes to jump to over $5/pack in Colorado by tobaccofreeweld
March 9, 2009, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Industry Tactics, Quitting and Cessation | Tags:

Cigarette companies to increase prices by about $0.75/pack (between 71 cents and 81 cents plus retailer costs) in addition to and at about the same time as CHP tax of $0.61/pack goes into effect bringing most cigarettes over $5/pack.

The Cigarette really is becoming DEAD.

This is surprising and good news. In our program, we have already talked with a man who said that the new $5 packs of cigarettes have helped him make up his mind to quit for good. Another person at the gas station said she wanted to quit and wanted the QuitLine number. Joe Seller’s quit class already has four people signed up, largely because of these increases.


High price -due to taxes and otherwise- is the biggest factor that deters children from starting tobacco in the first place. Due to the state of the economy, we may see even more adults say enough is enough when it comes to tobacco as well. The only problem may be that cigarette smokers may look to spit tobacco as an alternative. We need to help steer them toward the FDA approved NRT products like the patches and gum instead.


 Following yesterday’s announcement by Altria (see article link below), Reynolds and Lorillard announced nearly identical cigarette prices hikes. Unless Altria, Reynolds or Lorillard also announce cigarette price discounts (to offset these price hikes), the nationwide average retail price of Marlboro, Camel and Newport (the most advertised and best selling brands) will exceed $5/pack next week.

Altria’s new huge price differential between its cigarettes and smokeless products may encourage many cigarette smokers to try spit tobacco.

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Marlboro price raised, some smokeless prices cut

By Jessica Wohl


Thu Mar 5, 2009 7:29pm

* Prices to rise 71-81 cts per cigarette pack

* Prices of high end smokeless tobacco to be cut

* Attributes price hikes to federal excise tax

by tobaccofreeweld
December 31, 2008, 3:22 pm
Filed under: Quitting and Cessation

An article in the NY Times discussed past and future presidents who smoke, including President-Elect Obama. Obama has been struggling with quitting like most people who decide to end the addiction. For more, see the article at:

Here is an excerpt:

Mr. Obama’s heaviest smoking was seven or eight cigarettes a day, but three was more typical, according to an interview published in the November issue of Men’s Health magazine. In a letter given to reporters before the election, Mr. Obama’s doctor described his smoking history as “intermittent,” and said he had quit several times and was using Nicorette gum, a form of nicotine replacement, “with success.” Mr. Obama was often seen chewing gum during the campaign.

His pattern matches that of millions of other people who have resolved but stumbled in their efforts to give up cigarettes. Today, 21 percent of Americans smoke, down from 28 percent in 1988. Off-again-on-again smoking and serial quitting are common, as is the long-term use of nicotine gum and patches.

Great American Smoke Out Events in Weld County by tobaccofreeweld
October 27, 2008, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Quitting and Cessation | Tags:

Weld County will be holding Great American Smoke Out Events all throughout the County the week of November 17-21 including:

Eaton Recreation Center
Weld County Health Dept
Windsor Recreation Center
Windsor Town Hall
NCMC, Greeley

Weld County Health Dept, South County, Longmont
Weld County Food Bank, Greeley
Monfort Family Clinic, Evans
SALUD, Fredrick
Glenn A. Jones Library – Johnstown

North Range Behavioral Health (Ft. Lupton)
Island Grove Treatment Center (Ft. Lupton)
Island Grove Treatment Center
North Range Behavioral Health
American Cancer Society – Greeley

The idea for the Great American Smokeout grew out of a 1974 event. Lynn R. Smith, editor of the Moticello Times in Minnesota, spearheaded the state’s first D-Day, or Don’t Smoke Day. The idea may have been inspired by Arthur P. Mullaney of Randolph, Massachusetts, who three years earlier had asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund. The idea caught on, and on November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day. That California event marked the first Smokeout, and the Society took it nationwide in 1977.

For more, visit:

Tobacco Free Kids Issues 2008 New Products Report by tobaccofreeweld


The Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids 2008 New Products Report is now available.  Its three chapters discuss the Critical Role of Product Design;   The New Products: Recruiting New Youth Users, Creating and Sustaining Addiction, and Discouraging Quitting; and Creating and Sustaining Addiction. Jam-packed with pictures and information, it is a must read for anyone interested in tobacco control, reform and regulation.