Denver City Council votes to ban flavored…



Luciano Neel, an assistant supervisor at Myxed Up Creations on the nook of Ivy Avenue and East Colfax Avenue, blows a vapor cloud. (BusinessDen file)

The sale of most flavored tobacco and nicotine merchandise might be banned in Denver beginning in July 2023.

The Metropolis Council voted 8-3 in favor of the measure, which bans the sale of flavored merchandise that haven’t been accredited by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration to assist individuals stop smoking. That features sure flavored cigars, vaping merchandise and chewing tobacco.

Council members Stacie Gilmore, Kendra Black and Paul Kashman voted in opposition to the measure. Councilmen Christopher Herndon and Kevin Flynn had been absent.

Mayor Michael Hancock should signal it earlier than it’s enacted.

As BusinessDen beforehand reported, the council had thought-about sure exemptions to the ban, with flavored tobacco for hookahs and “premium” cigars being the one ones the council finally accredited.

On Monday, Gilmore mentioned she wished the council had taken a extra “regulatory path” to forestall the sale or distribution of nicotine merchandise to minors, which was the aim Councilwomen Amanda Sawyer and Deborah Ortega had once they launched the invoice. 

“We have successfully in Denver regulated marijuana and alcohol, and we want to keep kids safe, but we also want to allow adults to be adults,” Gilmore mentioned. “If we’re talking about the public health risk, then I think every food article that we possibly could consume could become part of a ban at some point in time.”

Flavored vaping merchandise provided on the market at Myxed Up Creations.

Through the assembly final week, Herndon and Flynn moved to exempt menthol-flavored merchandise, and Black moved to permit flavored tobacco and nicotine product gross sales solely in age-restricted and specialty vaping shops. Each motions didn’t get help.

Councilwoman Robin Kniech, who voted in favor of the ban, mentioned though it was described as a solution to forestall minors from accessing flavored tobacco and nicotine merchandise, the measure would additionally cease extra individuals from changing into hooked on them.

“It’s not just about where youth are purchasing their tobacco,” Kniech mentioned. “It’s about how appealing we want to make highly addictive products … to profit major corporations and whether we want to give people an easier path towards moving away from those products.”

Councilman Jolon Clark additionally voted in favor, however mentioned he was glad the ban gained’t go into impact till 2023. That would give the council extra time to amend it to permit for “responsible owners” to proceed to promote the merchandise so long as it “allows the door to be open to adults and closed to kids,” he mentioned.

Kniech, nevertheless, responded by saying she didn’t wish to reopen the dialogue.

“I’m concerned that I now hear about the timeline being provided as one to go back to the drawing board and have the same conversation over again and that I think would be a poor use of our public policy resources,” she mentioned.

The ordinance requires violators to obtain a warning for the primary offense. Subsequent offenses may result in a retailer dropping its tobacco retail license.

Edgewater, Boulder, Aspen and Glenwood Springs have already handed bans on the sale of flavored tobacco.

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