Amidst a flurry of changes to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in recent weeks, the city of Manitou Springs passed its own increase at its Jan. 7 meeting, with the city council approving it by a 5-2 vote.
Approval of the bill was done mainly to facilitate enforcement of the federal change by local officers. Additionally, the ordinance combined licensing requirements for all forms of tobacco and nicotine delivery products in order to streamline administration and enforcement, and establishes guidelines for where new tobacco retailers would be allowed to open.
The state is also considering a bill that would standardize the age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.
Manitou Springs is located just west of Colorado Springs and is home to approximately 5,300 residents.