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Council Can't Override Mayor Veto

The efforts to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in Denver to protect youth and other communities targeted by the tobacco companies had a setback.

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As you might know, the city council passed an ordinance to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in the city, then the Mayor vetoed it. On Monday, Dec. 13, council members and ordinance champions Amanda Sawyer and Debbie Ortega brought it back to the council to try and override the veto.

Unfortunately, the ordinance did not gain enough votes to override the veto.

We join with more than 100 other Denver community, education, and public health organizations in our disappointment with Mayor Hancock, who in only his second veto during his time in office, chose to put the profits of tobacco companies over the health of Denverites.

We are thankful for the hard work of council members Sawyer and Ortega and the help of our advocates who showed their support for this ordinance. While this is not the outcome we hoped for, we will continue our efforts in Colorado to eliminate the sale of flavored tobacco.

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