New Vaping Information

We know that youth vaping is quickly on the rise and understand there is a lot of misinformation. Choice Pass would like to share some resources about vaping with you and encourage you to have conversations at home with your child to provide them with accurate education and information. Here are some links to resources:

Here are a few short videos:

Please, call or email with any questions.

Emily Mirza

Youth Programming Coordinator

Gunnison County Dept. of Juvenile Services

200 E. Virginia Ave, Gunnison Co 81230

p: 970-641-7612


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Choice Pass Events

CBMR Season Choice Passes ARE ON SALE NOW!

The CBMR Adventure Center and Pass Office is OPEN for you to purchase your 2018-19 Choice Passes. The Adventure Center will be open daily 8 am – 5 pm.

Irwin Avalanche Safety Course – Enrollment is open for the Irwin Avalanche Safety Course on 12/15 and 12/16. This a great opportunity to learn how to be safe in the backcountry with legendary Irwin Guides! Youth must be 14 and older and a skilled skier or snowboarder. You have to bring your own or rent avalanche gear, touring skis, and/or spilt board. The Aplineer and Irwin Guides have rental gear. It is $80 for the course.  to sign-up. Spaces are filling up!

Mountain Roots Holiday Kids Cook! Mountain Roots invites kids ages 10-16 to join.

Holiday Baking Workshop – Crested Butte: Monday, Dec 17, 4-7p; Gunnison: Thursday, Dec 20, 4-7p

Celebrate the flavors of the season with this special 3-hr holiday class. You’ll learn to bake some holiday favorites from around the world, from classic cookies and festive breads to pie, pastry, or a even a yule log. Take home delicious treats plus recipes to recreate these dishes at home during the holidays.

Workshop Details: $40 registration. $5 Choice Pass refund. Allergies accommodated.

CB Location: Tully’s Kitchen, participants ride the Sea Turtle school bus and get off at the General Store, register here:

Gunnison Location: Gunnison Rec Center Kitchen, register through Gunnison Parks & Rec >

Contact Katie with any questions and to receive your Choice Pass Refund,

Colorado Youth VAPING at Twice the National Average

For Immediate Release:

Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A separate, more comprehensive state survey shows about half of Colorado high school students have tried vaping nicotine, don’t see it as risky and think vaping products are easy to get, even though it is illegal to purchase them as minors.

“Vaping has replaced cigarettes as a way for underaged youth to use nicotine,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Too many of our young people don’t realize the health risks involved.”

Learn more:
-Read the full release.
-View the statewide data infographic.
-View local data maps.

Get more information about the new Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data related to tobacco and vaping here:  Tobacco Free Colorado.

Tell Your Legislators What You Think

Now’s the time of year when our legislators start making really important decisions like: How high a priority should public schools be in the budget?

We say: HIGH!

Legislators are wondering: Does the public school community care? Will they notice what we do?

We say: YES!

That’s why we’ve made it really easy to tell your senator and representative that (1) you expect them to spend new revenues to start paying down the debt they owe our kids this year (about $830 million); and (2) you expect them to support HB18-1232, a bill to modernize the School Finance Act in a way that is supported by more than 95% of Colorado’s superintendents. (It’s a no-brainer!)

If we don’t communicate immediately with our representatives – whatever their party affiliation – they’ll make the mistake of thinking we don’t care what they do with our public schools.

You’re just a few clicks away from letting your senator and representative know that you support public education and you expect the same support from them. Now’s the time to make your voice heard.

Contact your legislators now!

Great Ed drives educational excellence for all Colorado students by harnessing the power of grassroots activism and stimulating wise investment in Colorado’s public schools, colleges, and universities.

Our vision is one where all Colorado children — regardless of where they live or how they learn — graduate prepared to lead their best lives.

Contact Us
Great Education Colorado
1355 S. Colorado Blvd
Building C, Suite 500
Denver, Colorado 80222

Eight Facts About E‐Cigarettes and Vaping that Every Parent Should Know

  1. E‐cigarettes, available in the US since around 2007, are battery powered devices that provide the user with an aerosolized dosage of nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals. Other common names for an e‐cigarette include vaporizer, vape pen, electronic hookah, hookah pen and JUUL.
  2. Aside from some state and local laws that restrict access to minors, e‐cigarettes are currently unregulated from a health and safety standpoint. Due to their unregulated status, youth are again being inundated with advertising for a tobacco‐linked product. The FDA regulates traditional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, and is currently in the rule making phase of a process to regulate e‐cigarettes as tobacco products.
  3. E‐cigarettes are included in most school districts’ Tobacco Free Schools policy, which means that use of electronic vaping devices is not allowed on school property or at school sponsored events.
  4. The amount of nicotine in refillable bottles containing e‐liquid juice doesn’t always match what it says on the label, particularly if the label says “nicotine‐free.” The alarming increase of nicotine poisonings among children under 5 years of age highlights another significant risk of e-cigarette use, an increase that is due in part to increased use of e‐cigarettes by youth and the increasingly popular refillable tank devices.
  5. Nicotine, aside from being extremely addictive, poses a significant risk to human health. Nicotine is linked to heart disease, immune suppression, and changes to the structure of the adolescent brain, which may explain why early exposure to smoking is significantly likely to lead to a lifelong struggle with nicotine addiction.
  6. Testing has shown that e‐juice contains some of the same cancer causing chemicals that cigarettes do. Additionally, the vapor from e‐cigarettes contains chemicals that can damage lung cells, cause respiratory issues, and are linked to chronic lung disease. Because e‐cigarettes are so new, their long term impact on human health is unknown.
  7. E‐cigarettes are incredibly attractive to youth and stand poised to undo successes made in the reduction of youth tobacco use. Teen smoking rates continue to drop, which is great news. At the same time, e‐cigarettes use among youth is a rapidly growing problem. While e‐cigarettes may be a way for long‐time adult smokers to quit, a claim that is still unproven, youth don’t use cigarettes as cessation devices. In fact, many youth who would never use cigarettes try out e-cigarettes because they are curious about them and don’t see them as harmful, and then continue to use them.
  8. Research suggests that even if youth have never smoked before trying e‐cigarettes, they are more likely to try cigarettes in the future. A recent longitudinal study of teens in L.A. found that teens who try e‐cigarettes are significantly more likely to try cigarettes or other tobacco products within a year of initiating use and become long‐term smokers. A 2012 study of young adults in Colorado (18‐24) who smoke found that 54% also used e‐cigarettes.

Find more information about “JUULing” here: