Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, the recently adopted ordinance 8340 will go into effect in the city of Boulder affecting the sale of some tobacco products, including vaping devices and flavored e-cigarettes.

Since 2018, there has been a 78% jump nationwide in high school students who use e-cigarettes. Locally, a study found that 46% of Boulder Valley School District high school students have used an electronic vaping device. Of those BVSD students who reported recent use and are under the age of 18, a quarter of them were able to purchase their own vaping product at a gas station, convenience store, grocery store or drugstore.

To curb this use, City Council passed ordinance 8340 on Sept. 17, 2019 with a unanimous vote. The regulations aim to protect youth by reducing access and eliminating flavored products.

Chapter 6-4.5 “Sale of Tobacco Products” of the Boulder Revised Code will impact the city of Boulder community in the following ways:

  • Raising the age to purchase to 21 for tobacco products 
  • Limiting any one retailer from selling more than two electronic cigarettes or four associated products including refills to any one person in any 24-hour period 
  • Banning the sale of flavored vaping products (temporary menthol-flavored products exception, see bullet below)
  • Restricting the ability to sell menthol-flavored vaping products only to businesses that have 21 and over age restrictions for entry until Dec. 31, 2019. After Jan. 1, 2020, the sale of menthol flavored electronic cigarettes in the city of Boulder is completely prohibited.  

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Published: Oct. 16, 2019

Media Contacts:

Zach McGee, Media Relations, 720-868-6810
Tom Carr, City Attorney, 303-441-3832

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