Laws

This section details Colorado and federal laws that address the tobacco industry's manipulation and tobacco sales, tobacco taxes and indoor smoking. 

Of particular importance in Colorado is Amendment 35, or the Colorado Tobacco Tax Act. 

Amendment 35 appeared on the November 2004 ballot and was approved by 61 percent of voters. It went into effect January 1, 2005.

Amendment 35 increased tobacco taxes to fund medical care and public health programs that prevent and treat tobacco-related diseases.

The law details how the revenue raised by this tax is used: 
  • 65 percent supports increased access to health care for low-income families
  • 16 percent supports efforts to reduce tobacco use in Colorado 
  • 16 percent is for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of smoking-related diseases
  • 3 percent is used for various other purposes
Amendment 35 has also helped reduce the sale of tobacco to minors. Price increases are the most effective way to decrease smoking rates among children.

Tobacco Sales     
Indoor Smoking