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24-35-501. Legislative Declaration.

(1) The general assembly finds that: 

 

(a) The use of tobacco creates dangerous risks to the health of the people of the state of Colorado;

 

(b) Studies have shown that most people who use tobacco started using it when they were minors; and

 

(c) The costs of health care for persons suffering from diseases caused by the use of tobacco are borne by all of the people of the state of Colorado.

 

(2) The general assembly also recognizes that: 

 

(a) Federal regulations now require states through designated state agencies to develop programs to reduce the use of tobacco by minors as demonstrated by random inspection of businesses that sell tobacco at retail;

 

(b) As of January 1, 1998, there is no state agency specifically assigned the responsibility of enforcing the statutes of the state of Colorado prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors or coordinating the inspection of businesses that sell tobacco;

 

(c) The liquor enforcement division of the department of revenue has experience in enforcing laws relating to the sale of liquor to minors; and

 

(d) The liquor enforcement division would be the most cost-effective state agency to enforce state laws relating to the sale of tobacco to minors.