Colo. Rev. Stat. § 39-28.6-101

Current through Chapter 18 of the 2023 Legislative Session
Section 39-28.6-101 - Legislative declaration
(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:
(a) Nicotine is a highly addictive and toxic substance;
(b) There has been a significant increase in the use of electronic cigarettes, which heat nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals to create an aerosol that is inhaled;
(c) Children in middle school and high school have reported using electronic cigarettes at alarming rates, and studies have linked electronic cigarette use among youth to nicotine addiction and cigarette smoking;
(d) The long-term health risks of this use are unknown, but electronic cigarette aerosol can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances including nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals, flavoring chemicals, ultrafine particles, and volatile organic compounds;
(e) Yet nicotine products are not subject to the same excise tax as cigarettes and tobacco products;
(f) Taxing nicotine products at the wholesale level will increase the total cost, which may serve as a deterrent to children and adolescents and in turn prevent and reduce consumption; and
(g) Revenue from the tax can be used toward positive outcomes in children's lives.
(2) Therefore, the general assembly intends to create a tax on nicotine products so that they are taxed in the same manner as tobacco products, including the licensing requirements that facilitate the collection of the tax.

C.R.S. § 39-28.6-101

Added by 2020 Ch. 248,§ 18, as passed by voters in the 11/3/2020 election in Proposition EE, eff. 1/1/2021.
L. 2020: Entire article added, (HB 20-1427), ch. 1197, p. 1197, § 18, effective January 1, 2021.