DENVER—The Colorado Children’s Campaign joins the many health, education and community leaders who strongly support legislation introduced today to curb youth nicotine and tobacco use. Colorado’s teenagers report e-cigarette use at twice the national average; we lead the nation in teen vaping. Increasing the costs of taking up and using nicotine in the teen years can dramatically cut the odds of becoming a life-long smoker. Unfortunately, Colorado’s cigarette tax rate is among the lowest in the country (39th) and we have no excise tax on liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.View Press Release
At the Colorado Children's Campaign, we're constantly working to improve the health and well-being of Colorado children through data-driven public policy. We provide trusted data and research on child well-being and organize an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. Please read the following press releases to learn more about how we're working to improve the lives of Colorado's children.
The state’s revenue forecast was released today and it’s clear that Colorado has the resources to invest in our youngest learners. In fact, we can’t afford to let another class of 5-year-olds miss the important social, academic and developmental skills they need to succeed in school.View Press Release
DENVER—Legislators will hear emotional testimony Wednesday morning as they consider a bill to examine the growing rate of deaths of new mothers. Colorado’s maternal mortality rate, which includes the death of mothers in childbirth and in the first year after, has doubled in recent years. Advocates are asking legislators to strengthen the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee to unravel why.View Press Release
DENVER—Colorado’s dramatic gains in covering kids with health insurance have stalled—and the state could see the number of kids without insurance increase if a proposed immigration rule change takes effect. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that a decade of progress is being threatened as the national uninsured rate increased for the first time since this data has been collected due to federal lawmakers chipping away at health insurance programs.View Press Release
The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports Amendment 73 and applauds Coloradans for demonstrating their desire to see it on the ballot.View Press Release
DENVER—One in five of Colorado’s youngest children is at risk of not being counted in the 2020 census, according to a new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As many as 62,000 Colorado children under 5 live in communities that are considered hard to count. Without efforts to ensure all Colorado children are counted in the 2020 census, kids will be deprived of investment and representation during their critical early years, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book.View Press Release