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Reps. Bacon and Mullica: Ban flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes

As parents, educators, and health care providers, we are personally invested in the issue of flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes. We have seen the harm caused by vaping addiction in kids, at home, in the classroom, and in our medical facilities. Nicotine can have long-lasting effects on brain development, impacting impulse control, the ability to learn […]

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Here’s how much money Colorado’s new nicotine, increased cigarette taxes generated in their first 5 months

A new nicotine tax and an increased tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products in Colorado generated more than $34 million in their first five months, according to a data analysis by The Colorado Sun. Proposition EE, which was passed by voters in November, went into effect in January, raising the taxes on a pack […]

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Opinion: Denver must end the sale of flavored tobacco products that lure and addict youth

Colorado prides itself on being a state of health-conscious outdoor enthusiasts with low obesity rates and access to quality medical care. Our largest city, Denver, is consistently ranked in the top 10 healthiest cities in the United States.  But looming behind that facade is a deadly secret: Nearly one out of five Denver youth are […]

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Emails show negotiations involving Colorado governor, cigarette giant that led to tobacco tax hike

Gov. Jared Polis’ office was asked to meet several conditions insisted upon by Altria in exchange for the cigarette giant agreeing not to fight legislation that put a question on the November ballot asking voters to raise tobacco and nicotine taxes in Colorado, emails obtained by The Colorado Sun show. One of those conditions included […]

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Opinion: Ban flavored tobacco to protect health of LGBTQ community

October is LGBTQ History Month, which, along with the coinciding National Coming Out Day, provides the community with opportunities for celebration and conscious reflection. An important piece of reflection this year should be on the tobacco industry’s historical targeting of the LGBTQ community, which has resulted in significantly higher than average usage rates and increased […]

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Discount cigarette makers file federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate part of Colorado’s Proposition EE

Three discount cigarette manufacturers on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to prevent a key element of Proposition EE from taking effect if the measure on the November ballot is approved by voters.  The clause would mandate a pack of cigarettes can be sold for no less than $7 starting next year.  The Liggett Group, […]

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Proposition EE will raise taxes on tobacco products in Colorado — with one very big exception

When Coloradans fill out their ballots over the next three weeks and vote on Proposition EE, they will decide whether to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products.  That is, with one big exception.  The ballot question, if passed, would actually reduce the taxes — at least for the next six […]

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Marlboro’s owners negotiated Colorado’s proposed tobacco tax hike — and it could help them dominate the cigarette market

The maker of Marlboro cigarettes spent more than $16 million to block a tobacco tax increase in Colorado four years ago. Now it could benefit from the passage of a question on the November ballot that would dramatically increase the price of cigarettes — a question the company helped write. The company, Altria, was part […]

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Colorado attorney general sues Juul, claims vape company marketed to kids and downplayed health risks

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said Tuesday he has filed a lawsuit against Juul that alleges the vaping company marketed its products to kids and downplayed their health risks. Weiser is also accusing Juul of falsely suggesting its vaping products are a healthy smoking alternative and can help people quit using cigarettes.  Weiser’s office has […]