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Tobacco Legislation & Enforcement

Community & Behavioral Health (CBH) works to provide a leadership role and oversee the legislation and enforcement of the City’s tobacco regulations.

The Community & Behavioral Health Division works with the City Attorney’s Office to update the Denver Revised Municipal Code to ensure tobacco legislation is current with developing technology, trends and state legislation. Most recently, effective  October 1, 2019, the sales age increased from 18 to 21 for all tobacco products, including smoking devices (e-cigarettes, vapes, pod-based devices such as JUUL and their e-liquids), in the City and County of Denver.

Denver also has Executive Orders that apply to all city buildings and those who work in or visit those buildings. Executive Order 99 regulates smoking within any city buildings. That legislation prohibits smoking of all tobacco and nicotine products within 25 ft. of the entrances to any city-owned or managed facility. 

Clean Indoor Air Act Violations

The City of Denver enforces the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (CCIAA) that regulates smoking of all tobacco and nicotine products indoors and within 25 feet of any main entryway. Denver residents can call 3-1-1 to report any violations of the CCIAA. DDPHE's Community & Behavioral Health Division will send a warning letter to the business in violation informing proprietors that they are breaking state law and will also inform the Denver Police Department as that department has ultimate enforcement authority. DDPHE's partners at Denver Public Health will also reach out to the establishment to provide education on the law and to develop a strategy to address compliance while considering the accommodations of patrons.

Local Tobacco Enforcement Program

The objective of DDPHE’s Tobacco Enforcement Program is to address the illegal sale, advertisement and labeling of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 with the goal of keeping tobacco products out of the hands of Denver’s youth. To this end, the Community & Behavioral Health Division under Chapter 24, Article XI, Division 1 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code enforces regulations related to the sale of tobacco products. 

This updated fine schedule will go into effect April 1, 2018. 

To report a complaint concerning the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (CCIAA) or a complaint concerning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, please call 3-1-1. . Please refer to the fine schedule regarding civil penalties for failure to comply with Chapter 24 tobacco regulations.


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