The U.S. state of Colorado may authorize counties to regulate nicotine products

In 24-22, a bill in the Colorado Senate would give counties the power to control or ban the sale and distribution of vapes, tobacco, and other smoke-tar products.

 

AAccording to Tobaccoreporter, a bill in the U.S. Colorado Senate would grant counties the right to control or ban the sale and distribution of flavored vapes, tobacco, and other smoke-tar products.

 

Senate Bill 24-022 defines flavored smoke tar and cigarette products as any scented or flavored product other than tobacco, including refreshing or unpleasant products.

 

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kyle Brown, cited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says nearly 9 in 10 adults try smoking for the first time “before the age of 18.”

 

He noted that cigarette products can have adverse health effects, including cancer, while vaping brands such as vapes are “highly addictive and may harm adolescent brain development.”

 

A similar bill was introduced during the 2022 legislative session but was rejected in the Senate. At the time, Gov. Jared Polis said he opposed the bill because he thought it should be handled at the local level.