Colorado advocates have been busy emailing City Council members in Boulder and Aspen in support of two of our policy campaigns this year. In Boulder, advocates let Council Members know they wanted them to stand strong against exemptions that would weaken the two cent per ounce excise tax. On June 20th, the ordinance adopting the tax passed unanimously with no additional exemptions!
The next step in the process is boosting the message that sugary drinks are unhealthy now that the tax went into effect July 1st. Be on the lookout for upcoming action alerts that will tell you how you can get involved.
On June 12th, the Aspen City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes to those who are under 21 years old.
Evidence shows that nicotine dependence and smoking intensity are strongly correlated with younger ages of smoking initiation. In other words, the younger people are when they smoke their first cigarette, the more likely they will be a smoker for life. This important ordinance will curb tobacco use by young people and prevent tobacco-related deaths.
Thank you to our awesome advocates who helped with these initiatives!