On April 7th, the citizens of Carbondale Colorado voted overwhelmingly in favor of a substantial $4 per pack increase on cigarette taxes and an increase of 40% on all other tobacco products. This tax increase is not only a big win for the residents of Carbondale, but is very significant in our efforts to build momentum towards a higher statewide tax that will help to address nation high rates of e-cigarette use among young people in Colorado.
Did you know that more than 1 in 4 Colorado teens reports current use of e-cigarettes? Nationwide, use of e-cigarettes has more than doubled since 2016.
- Colorado leads the nation for teen e-cigarette use, with over a quarter of high schoolers, 26.2 percent, reporting the use of e-cigarettes.
- 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21. And four out of five youth become regular, daily smokers before they turn 21.
- According to a December 2019 report from the CDC, 54 percent of individuals hospitalized for e-cigarette or vaping use were under the age of 25.
- Colorado does not require a license for retailers to sell tobacco and nicotine products.
Tobacco taxes work. Increasing the price of tobacco and nicotine products prevents youth from starting use and helps current users quit. Studies show taxes on nicotine products lead to noticeably reduced tobacco and nicotine use.