Earlier this month, the Denver City Council Safety, Housing, Homelessness and Education Committee postponed its vote to move forward with the tobacco flavor restriction ordinance. The committee is expected to take up the discussion again on Oct. 27, having moved it back to invite the rest of the council to be part of the conversation and to consider any potential amendments.
More than 80 percent of youth who have used tobacco started with a flavored product. Additionally, the tobacco industry has targeted Blacks, the LGBTQ+ community and others for decades with menthol-flavored tobacco products, causing disproportionate health outcomes. That’s why Denver needs a strong ordinance to end the sale of these products with no exemptions or loopholes.
We’ll have a better idea of what the policy will look like going forward, but you can have a say in it now.
You can let the city council know you support ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including flavored hookah and menthol-flavored tobacco products, and not watering down the policy with exemptions here.
You can share this menthol specific action alert to help amplify what council is hearing from the Black community, especially those who support removing menthol from the market.
If you’d like a yard sign to show your support for this policy to protect youth and to educate others who are out trick-or-treating, you can sign up here.
You can watch the hearing here. The password is Denver.