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Amendment 35

In 2004, Colorado voters approved Amendment 35 which increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund health programs across the state. House Bill 05-1262 implemented Amendment 35 and was signed into law in June 2005. 

The excise tax on cigarettes increased to a total of 84 cents per pack and the excise tax on other tobacco products like cigars and chewing tobacco increased by 20 percent.The revenue is used to fund critical health care programs, including public health insurance; community health centers; cancer research; and tobacco education, prevention and cessation. Specifically, the revenue has been legislatively allocated by the Colorado State Constitution as follows:

  • 46 percent for public health insurance expansion (Child Health Plan Plus and Medicaid)
  • 19 percent for comprehensive primary care through clinics across the state that serve the uninsured and medically indigent

  • 16 percent for prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases - to CDPHE

  • 16 percent for tobacco education, prevention and cessation programs - to CDPHE

  • 3 percent for the general fund, old age pension fund and municipal and county governments

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) programs receive 32 percent of the Amendment 35 revenue which funds the following programs:

CDPHE's coordinated and comprehensive approach to addressing public health has led to significant progress in chronic disease prevention and treatment. These successes are making a lasting difference for thousands of Coloradans. Investments in these programs pay huge dividends by reducing the onset of chronic disease over time - providing quality of life for Colorado residents and reducing health care costs.

Please refer to the  Amendment 35 Report for January 2005 through June 2007 pdf file for more information about Amendment 35.

NOTE:   This is NOT Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funds. Read more about the MSA on the Colorado Attorney General's website