In 2004, Colorado voters approved Amendment 35 with a 61% majority, which increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund health programs across the state. House Bill 05-1262 (link to this bill or not?) implemented Amendment 35 and was signed into law in June 2005. In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, it is estimated that Colorado will receive a total of approximately $140 million in revenue from Amendment 35.
This is NOT Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funds. Read more about the MSA on the Colorado Attorney General's website.
Excerpt from the CPHA A35 fact sheet:
Excerpt from Source for Healthy Living:
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:
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.