Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Colorado and Colorado's Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grant Program was created to combat this deadly public health issue. The Grant Program was created by Colorado Revised Statute Section 25-3.5-804 to "provide funding for community-based and statewide tobacco education programs designed to reduce initiation of tobacco use by children and youth, promote cessation of tobacco use among youth and adults, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke." The grant program is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Prevention Services Division, is overseen by the Tobacco Review Committee and governed by Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.):
CRS Article 220.127.116.11 Tobacco Sections 2008
(revised as a result of Amendment 35) and Code of Colorado Regulations (6 CCR 1015-5) contains the Colorado
Board of Health rules for Tobacco Grant Program 2006
. The Program leads Colorado’s fight against tobacco-caused death, disease, and economic burden by mobilizing organizations and individuals to work together to support tobacco-free lifestyles and environments.
In April 2013, the Colorado Board of Health approved funding for Tobacco Grantees for fiscal year 2014. Review the full memo to learn about the grantees and funding amounts:
In October 2013, the Colorado Board of Health approved funding for Tobacco Grantees for an 18-month project starting January 2014. Reaview the full memo to learn about the grantees and funding amounts:
The Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Grant Program Review Committee (“Review Committee”) was created in 2005 by Amendment 35 (House Bill 05-1262) with the responsibility for “ensuring that program priorities are established consistent with the Colorado tobacco prevention and control strategic plan, overseeing program strategies and activities, and ensuring that the program grants are in compliance with Section 25-3.5-805” of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.). (C.R.S. 25-3.5-804 (5)). The Review Committee is a 16-member working advisory board that develops funding priorities, reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Colorado Board of Health for the grant program. Volunteer members are appointed by the Board of Health, the legislature and the Executive Director of CDPHE and serve a three year term. The Review Committee meets on the third Friday of each month, from 1:00 – 4:30pm at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in Denver; committee meetings are open to the public.
For the latest information on the Tobacco and other Amendment 35 Grant Programs, please also check out the A35 tab on the COPrevent website.
For more information about the Tobacco Review Committee, please contact CDPHE_
The Tobacco Review Committee meets on the third Friday of every month from 1:00-4:30 p.m.; at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, 80246. The meetings are open to the public and one can attend in-person or via phone conference. To call in, please dial the conference access number: 877.820.7831 toll free or 720.279.0026 local (if you’re calling within the Denver metro area). Then dial the participant passcode: 897463# (press the pound key after the 6-digit code). Press *6 to mute your phone. The following are the dates for the 2014 meetings, with agendas and minutes when available:
January 17, 2014 - CANCELLED
February 21, 2014 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Minutes February 2014
March 21, 2014 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Agenda March 2014
April 18, 2014 -
May 16, 2014 -
June 20, 2014 -
July 18, 2014 -
August 15, 2014 -
September 19, 2014 -
October 17, 2014 -
November 21, 2014 -
December 19, 2014 -
The following 2013 meeting documents will be deleted after 6 months:
July 19, 2013 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Minutes July 2013
August 16, 2013 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Minutes August 2013
September 20, 2013 - CANCELLED
October 18, 2013 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Minutes October 2013
November 15, 2013 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Minutes November 2013
December 20, 2013 - Tobacco Review Committee Meeting Minutes December 2013
Please check this website for meeting updates or contact the Review Committee Coordinator at 303-692-2698.
As of January 2014, the Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grant Program does not have any open funding opportunities.
In 2004, Colorado voters approved Amendment 35 which increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund health programs across the state. House Bill 05-1262 implemented Amendment 35 and was signed into law in June 2005.
The excise tax on cigarettes increased to a total of 84 cents per pack and the excise tax on other tobacco products like cigars and chewing tobacco increased by 20 percent.The revenue is used to fund critical health care programs, including public health insurance; community health centers; cancer research; and tobacco education, prevention and cessation. Specifically, the revenue has been legislatively allocated by the Colorado State Constitution as follows:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) programs receive 32 percent of the Amendment 35 revenue which funds the following programs:
CDPHE's coordinated and comprehensive approach to addressing public health has led to significant progress in chronic disease prevention and treatment. These successes are making a lasting difference for thousands of Coloradans. Investments in these programs pay huge dividends by reducing the onset of chronic disease over time - providing quality of life for Colorado residents and reducing health care costs.
Please refer to the Amendment 35 Report for January 2005 through June 2007 for more information about Amendment 35.
NOTE: This is NOT Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funds. Read more about the MSA on the Colorado Attorney General's website.