On Tuesday, voters in several Colorado counties and cities were presented with ballot measures asking whether or not to impose a new tax on tobacco products, and the overwhelming answer was yes.
In Pitkin County, a proposal to put a 40 percent sales tax on non-cigarette tobacco products, such as cigars, was passing with 78.75 percent of the vote as of late Tuesday night. There will also be a new tax on cigarettes, starting at $3.20 per pack of 20 and increasing by 10 cents annually until the tax is $4. Both will go into effect as of Jan. 1, 2020. Similar proposals were passing in Summit County and Eagle County.
In New Castle, voters approved a similar proposal had garnered the support of 70 percent of voters. A similar proposal in Glenwood Springs was passing with 60 percent of the vote; the notable difference was that the cigarette tax will start at $4 per pack.
Similar proposals in Crested Butte, Boulder, and Vail were also passing as of late Tuesday night.