Although the federal T21 law applied to Coloradans starting at the end of last year, the passage of this state law makes it possible for further enforcement and regulation to take place locally.
Along with raising the minimum tobacco purchasing age, the law requires every retailer of tobacco and nicotine products in Colorado to be licensed before July 1, 2021. The Colorado Department of Revenue will collaborate with local authorities to conduct compliance checks at each retailer twice annually, and the department holds the power to revoke licenses if retailers are not following the new policies.
The bill repeals a past law that criminalized the purchase or attempted purchase of tobacco products by a minor. Under the new law, retailers who sell electronic smoking devices (ESD) cannot advertise or visibly promote ESDs outside of the store. Lastly, the law states that retailers cannot allow employees under the age of 18 to sell or participate in the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products or nicotine products.