We’re re-centering our tobacco control work around health equity. We start from the critical realization that the progress and successes of the Colorado tobacco control program have not been experienced equitably by all Coloradans. Colorado data from 2001 through 2018 show that the populations experiencing the most tobacco-related harm are Black, American Indian, and LGBTQ+ communities, Coloradans who live in rural areas, people covered by Medicaid, and people with mental health conditions.
We will build on the substantial progress we’ve made with Colorado’s tobacco control efforts over the past two decades. Looking ahead to the next decade, we’ve developed the STEPP 2021-2030 strategic plan to move our tobacco control work forward.