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"The immediate implications for our business are clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line. Even more important, accommodation / preemption laws shape the real-world environment in which our customers and their non-smoking friends and associates live every day. If smokers are banished to doorways and loading docks in front of buildings, it makes smokers feel like outcasts and gives encouragement to the antis. On the other hand, if we live in a society that accommodates smokers and non-smokers alike, it sends the message that smoking is a viable life-style choice and an adult's decision to use a legal product should be respected."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris (PM)

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 2018 Legislative Session: January 10 - May 10


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