At its meeting Tuesday, the Edgewater City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and e-cigarettes, within city limits.

The ordinance comes with a rather unique requirement, going into effect just five days after its passage, leaving retailers minimal time to deal with existing stock on hand before it becomes illegal.

While Edgewater is the first municipality in Jefferson County to pass such a ban, it is far from the first in Colorado to do so. The cities of Aspen, Boulder, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Snowmass Village have all passed similar bans, while Denver is one of several cities currently considering passing their own bans.

Edgewater has long been a city willing to enact anti-tobacco measures, having required a tobacco retailer license in 2016, and becoming one of the first cities in the state to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old and banning smoking in parks in March 2019.

Edgewater is a fairly small suburb located immediately to the west of Denver, with a population of approximately 5,200 residents.

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.