19 percent smoke in Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” Federal health officials say the percentage of Coloradans who smoke dropped to about 19 percent in 2007, down from about 23 percent in 1998.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that Colorado was one of 44 states were smoking declined over the 10-year period.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the decline can be attributed to smoking bans, stop-smoking hot lines and ad campaigns that aim to keep young people from taking up the habit and warn of the dangers of second-hand smoke.
Despite the decline, state health officials say smoking causes about 4,400 deaths a year in Colorado and costs an estimated $1.3 billion dollars a year.