While Colorado hasn’t been a hotbed of cities and towns raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, it now has a second municipality to join the Tobacco 21 movement.
At its meeting on Tuesday night, the Basalt Town Council unanimously approved both an increase in the purchasing age as well as a new licensing requirement for tobacco retailers. The move comes approximately nine months after nearby Aspen passed an increase to its purchasing age.
Both the age increase and the requirement for tobacco retailers to hold a license will go into effect on July 1.
More changes could be coming to tobacco retailers and consumers in Basalt, as there will be a tax increase question posed to voters during the town’s April 3 election. A question on the ballot seeks a $2 per pack increase on cigarettes, while other tobacco products such as premium cigars would be hit with a new tax that is 40 percent of the wholesale price. Both are similar to measures passed in Aspen during its most recent in election.
Basalt is home to approximately 4,000 residents and is located 19 miles northwest of Aspen.