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Colorado Law

Underage Purchase of Cigarettes or Tobacco Warning

Under Colorado law, an individual who furnishes tobacco products to a person under 18 years of age commits a class two petty offense and is subject to a two hundred dollar fine. Tobacco product retailers whose employees or vending machines furnish tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age are now subject to the imposition of administrative penalties. These administrative penalties range from a written warning for a first offense, up to a fine of $15,000 for a fifth offense committed within a two year period of time.

 

Colorado law also requires tobacco retailers to post a minor warning sign. Additionally, tobacco vending machines that are accessible to minors are required to have devices attached to the machines that allow an adult employee to prevent the dispensing of tobacco products to minors. Retailers who violate either of these two provisions are also subject to the imposition of administrative penalties. Penalties for a violation of these provisions range from a written warning for a first offense, up to a $1,000.00 fine for a fifth offense committed within a one years period of time.