In the latest statewide effort to combat the use of e-cigarettes among teens, Colorado legislators have introduced a bill that would prohibit the activity in indoor public places and workplaces. The …
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In the latest statewide effort to combat the use of e-cigarettes among teens, Colorado legislators have introduced a bill that would prohibit the activity in indoor public places and workplaces.
The bipartisan legislation, House Bill 19-1076, would update Colorado’s Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans the use of cigarettes in most public settings, including but not limited to retail and commercial businesses, libraries, theaters, schools, restaurants, grocery stores and public transportation.
Children’s Hospital Colorado backs the bill, citing skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes among youths and health concerns.
“The vaping trend among youth is very real and the major risks are minimized. We’re excited to join with partners to update the Clean Indoor Air Act to help our youth stay healthy and avoid a lifetime of nicotine addiction,” Dr. Robin Deterding, the medical director of Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Breathing Institute, said in a media release. “We urge our state lawmakers and Governor Jared Polis to confront the accelerating e-cigarette industry and strengthen our state’s existing smoke-free law.”
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Primary sponsors of the bill are Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Colin Larson, R-Jefferson County; Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson; and Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail.
The bill would amend the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act by adding a definition of “electronic smoking device” to include e-cigarettes and similar devices; citing recent research on the health effects as part of the legislative declaration; eliminating existing areas at certain businesses where smoking is permitted, such as a designated airport areas or smoking rooms in hotels; and repealing property owners and managers’ ability to designate smoking and nonsmoking areas through signs.
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