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Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) released a report showing the current state of youth tobacco use in our community. Our agency is focused on reducing tobacco and vaping rates among teenagers. We work with community partners on prevention efforts and to provide education.  

“We want to protect Mesa County residents, especially our kids, from the dangers of first-hand and second-hand smoke and vapor,” said MCPH Community Health Planner Brandon Gray. “Our agency works to encourage a healthier Mesa County, and addressing youth tobacco use is a priority.”

The data in the report is from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which is administered every two years in schools across the state. 

Significant findings in report

  • The rates of students who try tobacco products before age 13 in Mesa County are nearly double than statewide.
  • Students are 3x more likely to vape than to smoke cigarettes. 
  • Trying tobacco products, both cigarettes and vape, is highly correlated with other substance use. 
  • View the entire report here.

Vaping prevention resources

Youth vaping remains a significant concern because of its prevalence and the dangers linked to nicotine use. Mesa County Public Health has launched a new webpage dedicated to providing facts and resources about vaping. 

“Parents should talk to their kids about the dangers of vaping. Learn the facts and practice beforehand, and then make sure to stay calm. Being open and honest with your teens can have a major impact,” Gray added.

Our goal is to provide teenagers, parents, and other trusted adults with everything they need to say no to nicotine or have a successful quit attempt.

Read the Youth Tobacco Use and Attitudes Survey Special Report.

Review other Community Reports.