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New Ordinances Address Youth Vaping
On October 22, 2019, Broomfield City Council passed two ordinances to address youth vaping:
Ordinance No. 2104 expands the existing smoke-free ordinance to include use of electronic smoking devices in the definition of smoke or smoking. It also updates the Broomfield municipal code to mirror state law, and adds specified outdoor areas such as public parks and open space, sporting venues, transit waiting areas, and outdoor dining and bar areas to the list of public places where smoking—and now vaping—are prohibited. This ordinance goes into effect January 1, 2020.
Ordinance No. 2105 requires any retailers selling tobacco/vape products in Broomfield to apply for a license and pay a licensing fee. There would be penalties for retailers that violate the law by selling to minors, including fines and the risk of losing their license to sell tobacco/vape products. It also raises the minimum legal sales age from 18 to 21 years. This ordinance goes into effect May 1, 2020.
Broomfield Tobacco Assessment
In 2018, Broomfield Public Health and Environment conducted an assessment of tobacco use and exposure in Broomfield. A summary report presents data and information collected from a variety of sources including surveys and interviews with Broomfield community members and leaders. It identifies emerging issues and trends related to cigarettes, vaping, and other tobacco use. Read the City and County of Broomfield Tobacco Focused Community Profile full report.
One of the major findings in the report is the high rate of youth vaping. In 2019, a Tobacco and E-Cigarette Awareness presentation was made to the Broomfield Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on the findings of the assessment and the problem of vaping in our community. The Data Brief infographic on local Broomfield youth tobacco and e-cigarette use was also provided to the committee.
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