To protect the health
of teens and prevent them from becoming dependent on nicotine, Lakewood has
started a licensing program for stores that sell vaping, e-cigarettes and similar
devices and is creating a public information campaign to educate stores and the
public about the program.
the evidence, including from teens themselves, shows that teen vaping is an
epidemic, especially in Colorado, and we want to take action to help teens grow
up healthy and without becoming dependent on nicotine,” Mayor Adam Paul said.
City Council approved the program under a new law last month, and it became
effective on March 2. It prohibits all stores from selling these products to
anyone under 18 years old, and store employees must check IDs of those
purchasing the products, which are officially known as “noncigarette tobacco”
items. Under the new law, the city will inspect all stores that sell these
products to ensure they are complying with the new city law. If they are not, a
store’s license can be suspended or revoked similar to the liquor licensing
has also created a logo that captures the goal of the program, and it will
appear on all of the program’s materials including letters already sent to
stores alerting them to the new law. City Clerk Margy Greer, who administers
the program, said the public information logo is important to convey a clear
and strong message about the purpose of the law.
Posted on: Thursday, March 07, 2019