Vaping & Youth Nicotine Use

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Using e-cigarettes, or "vaping", has become highly prevalent in Pitkin County and the whole region. In fact, this valley has some of the highest rates of youth vaping in the United States. 

You will find information and resources here about vaping and other nicotine use among youth. The main message: All nicotine use by young people is dangerous for their developing brains. 

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General Information

What is Vaping?

See the information from the CDC in English and Spanish. And watch this short video to learn more.  

School Policy and Resources

Click here for a few key resources and contact public health for additional support (see contact information below).

Health Care Information and Resources

Click here for a few key resources for health and behavioral health care providers. Also, contact public health (see contact information below) to set up a CME presentation for health care providers on the current status of vaping.

Parent Resources

Nicotine and Young Brains - One of the main reasons is that nicotine has critical impacts on the developing brain, and our brains are still developing until we are 25. Find out more about preventing youth use here.


Additional Resources


Colorado QuitLine


My Life My Quit




Hot Topics

Nicotine and Young Brains

Why all the hype about kids vaping? One of the main reasons is that nicotine has critical impacts on the developing brain, and our brains are still developing until we are 25. Find out more about the young brain and nicotine here, and more about how young brains are vulnerable to nicotine addiction . 

Tobacco

Flavor Ban

Localities in the Roaring Fork Valley have led the way by banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products. Find out more about why public health thinks it is really important to support a comprehensive flavor ban of all tobacco products rather than just vaping here.

What is Zyn? 

Zyn is a flavored nicotine powder that is discreetly placed in the mouth. It has all of the risks and dangers of vaping and is already available locally. 

Public Health Initiatives

For more information or support with any of the above resources, contact Raleigh Bacharach raleigh.bacharach@pitkincounty.com 970.379.5703