Denver is being urged to raise the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The city is also being asked to consider licensing stores that sell cigarette and vaping products. The tobacco 21 movement claims tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in Colorado. Supporters also claim youth use of vaping products has increased by 78 percent.
City leaders are reportedly working on a tobacco 21 ordinance. Speakers at a rally in front of city hall urged lawmakers to include licensing for stores that sell cigarettes and vaping products. They say stores should be fined for selling to teens and repeat offenders should face possible revocation of their licenses.