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Cigarettes purchased in Colorado for personal consumption must have a Colorado cigarette stamp on them. The Department of Revenue will confiscate (seize) contraband cigarettes.


The following cigarettes are contraband (illegal): 

  • Cigarettes sold in Colorado that are stamped with another state or nation's stamps;
  • Cigarettes that are marked for use outside the U.S.;
  • Unstamped cigarettes; 
  • Cigarettes sold in Colorado but not certified by the Attorney General's office; and
  • Cigarettes that do not meet the specified standards for reduced ignition propensity (fire-safe).


Any unstamped cigarettes, either purchased or possessed, will be assessed a penalty of 25 cents per cigarette. It is legal to have up to ten cartons of cigarettes purchased in another country for personal consumption.