Avon, Colo. to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21, Require Tobacco Retailer Licenses

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A proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in Avon, Colo. has received the approval of the town council, though the final ordinance isn’t quite ready for publication.

During the meeting, the ordinance underwent a number of revisions, which has forced the city attorney to update the ordinance before it can be publicized, according to Debbie Hoppe, the Avon Town Clerk. She did not offer a timetable as to when that finalized document might become available.

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The increase was scheduled to go into effect in Jan. 1, 2019, according to previous versions of the ordinance that the council had considered.

The council also approved a proposal to require all tobacco retailers in the town to obtain a new license, which had a proposed cost of $500 per year.

Avon is home to approximately 6,500 people and is located in the central part of the state, just over 100 miles west of Denver.

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