A bill introduced into the Colorado Legislature is taking aim at exemptions to the state’s smoking ban, and could cost cigar smokers the ability to light up in their local shop.
H.B. 1076 would remove a number of exemptions from the state’s existing indoor clean air act, including retail tobacco stores, hotel rooms, airport smoking rooms and concessions, places of employment that are not open to the public and have three or fewer employees, and smoking areas of assisted living facilities. Additionally, business owners would not be allowed to designate certain spaces as smoking or non-smoking by way of signage.
The bill is being sponsored by Reps. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-30, and Colin Larson, R-22, as well as Sens. Kevin Priola, R-25, and Kerry Donovan, D-5. It is scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 6 in the House Health & Insurance Committee. It would go into effect on July 1 if it passes.