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Tobacco Retailers Information

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The Colorado Perspective

Colorado law, under HB 98-1387, was drafted with the assumption that the majority of tobacco retailers would, or do, comply with tobacco sale to minor restrictions.  Current law does not require retailer licensing or similar provisions to control tobacco sales that have been enacted by other states.


What's at Stake?

Furnishing tobacco products to minors is against the law, the federal government mandates all states to have a tobacco enforcement program in place. States that do not have a tobacco enforcement program in place and/or who fail to establish a minimum 80% compliance rate by tobacco retailers can lose federal matching grant funds for alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs. In Colorado this annual loss would amount to approximately 8 million dollars.