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24-35-504 Enforcement Authority

Enforcement authority - designation of agency - coordination - sharing of information. 

 

(1) The division shall have the power to enforce all state statutes relating to the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors. The division is designated as the lead state agency for the enforcement of state statutes in compliance with federal laws relating to the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors. 

 

(2) The division shall coordinate the enforcement of state laws relating to the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors by multiple state agencies to avoid duplicative inspections of the same retailer by multiple state agencies. 

 

(3)(a) The division shall work with the department of human services and the department of public health and environment to ensure compliance with federal regulations for continued receipt of all federal funds contingent upon compliance with laws related to the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors.

 

(b) The division shall perform at least the minimum number of random inspections of businesses that sell cigarettes and tobacco products at retail as required by federal regulations.

 

(c) In order to pay for the inspections required by paragraph (b) of this subsection (3), the division shall apply for a grant from the Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Program established in part 8 of article 3.5, title 25, C.R.S.

 

(4) In order to enforce laws relating to the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to persons under eighteen years of age, the department of revenue is authorized to share information on the identification and address of retailers that sell cigarettes and tobacco products with any state agency responsible for the enforcement of laws relating to the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors.