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Carbondale proposes age limits on tobacco products

Jun 13, 2018

Credit Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

  Tonight the Carbondale Board of trustees will consider raising the purchase age of tobacco products while still complying with Colorado laws.

 

 

This spring the community expressed concern about the number of teens using vaporizers to consume tobacco. At that time, council directed their legal team to look into ways to raise the age limit on tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. Aspen and Basalt have enacted similar regulations through a licensing program, but due to state laws against tobacco regulation - - gave up funding from the state.

 

Carbondale attorneys will suggest tonight that the town impose fines on retailers instead of targeting customers. They hope this legal balancing act will keep the town compliant in the state's eyes while still improving public health.   

 

The age restrictions would apply to all nicotine-related products, including cigarettes, e-liquid, vaporizers and chewing tobacco.

 

Lawyers are still waiting to hear from the states attorney general about the proposed regulations.

 

The age restrictions would apply to all nicotine-related products, including cigarettes, e-liquid, vaporizers and chewing tobacco.

Lawyers are still waiting to hear from the states attorney general about the proposed regulations.