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"Because regulations in general may be more effective if generated and enforced at the local level, considerable energy is devoted to the issue of opposing or repealing preemption of local authority by states. Public health analyses have resulted in strong recommendations that state laws not preempt local action..."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2000

Colorado

All restaurants and bars in Colorado are 100% smokefree as of July 1, 2006, and non-tribal casinos are 100% smokefree as of January 1, 2008. The law unfortunately does not protect all workers in Colorado because workplaces with three or fewer employees and cigar bars are exempted. Colorado does protect local control, so cities and counties may still pass stronger smokefree laws at the local level. Read Colorado's 100% smokefree law.

Colorado achieved a major victory by going back to strengthen its statewide smokefree law to include non-tribal casinos in order to protect casino employees from very high rates of secondhand smoke exposure.

For more information on the law, visit SmokeFree Colorado or call your local health department.

To report a violation, call the non-emergency telephone number of the local law enforcement agency.


Colorado law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Colorado.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

Colorado's 2017 Legislative Session: January 11 - May 10 (est.)


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