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Tobacco Legislation & Enforcement

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

The Community Health Division works with the City Attorney’s Office to update the Denver Municipal Code to ensure tobacco legislation is current with developing technology, trends and state legislation. Currently, the division is working to update the definition of tobacco in Chapter 24 to include all forms of tobacco and nicotine derivatives to ensure all products stay out of the hands of Denver’s youth.

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 within the city is being updated to include all tobacco and nicotine products and to expand the outdoor smoking requirement to 25 feet away from any entryway.

Clean Indoor Air Act Violations

The City of Denver enforces the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (CCIAA) that regulates smoking indoors and within 15 feet of any main entryway. Denver residents can call 3-1-1 to report any violations of the CCIAA. DDPHE's Community 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 minors with the goal of keeping tobacco products out of the hands of Denver’s youth. To this end, the Community Health Division under Chapter 24, Article I, Division 3 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. 


As a Denver tobacco retailer, if you received the notice above it is a reminder of the current Denver Municipal Code Chapter 24 regulations regarding the sale and advertising of tobacco products. The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment will be enforcing these regulations throughout the year. 

Please ensure all employees are trained and checking identification cards to ensure tobacco products are not being sold to anyone under the age of 18. To report a complaint concerning sales of tobacco products to minors, 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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