On Wednesday, the Colorado House of Representatives passed House Bill 1064, which seeks to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products beginning in 2024. That ban will not apply to the sale of premium cigars, however, after they were given an exemption during the debate process, as was pipe tobacco and hookah products.

With those exemptions, the bill now focuses primarily on vaping products, e-cigarettes, flavored chewing tobacco, menthol cigarettes and any synthetic nicotine products. Legislators who support the bill are particularly interested in reducing the number of young people using tobacco products, which some have described as an epidemic in the state.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 54-8, and now heads to the state Senate for deliberation.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.