A bill has been introduced into the Colorado Legislature that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco and nicotine products.
House Bill 1064 was introduced on Jan. 14 by Reps. Kyle Mullica, D-34, and Jennifer Bacon, D-7, along with Sens. Kevin Priola, R-25, and Rhonda Fields, D-29. It seeks to prohibit the sale, distribution, advertising and marketing of flavored tobacco products, including cigars, as well as e-cigarettes and products containing synthetic nicotine. The penalties for doing so would be the same as selling tobacco products to minors.
This would mean that such products would only be allowed to impart the taste or smell of tobacco, prohibiting flavors including menthol, fruit, mint, alcohol, candy, chocolate, vanilla, honey and others.
The bill also directs the prevention services division in the department of public health and environment to convene a working group to develop and implement a grant program to address the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by tobacco and nicotine marketing, sales, and use.
If passed and signed into law, the ban would go into effect July 1, 2022. It has been assigned to the House Health & Insurance Committee.