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Public health survey

Contact: Angelo Fernandez, Deputy County Manager,, 970-328-8600

Aug 3, 2019 - The Eagle County Board of County Commissioners is considering a 2019 question for voters to increase the sales tax on tobacco and nicotine products—including e-cigarettes and vaping products—to reduce underage youth consumption, enhance efforts to prevent teen tobacco and vaping, and support countywide public health programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Board of County Commissioners considering a tobacco/nicotine sales tax?
The General Assembly provided counties with the legal authority to protect public health and to curb teen usage by allowing two actions—the ability to increase the purchasing age to 21 within the county and to seek voter approval of a local sales tax on cigarettes and other nicotine products.

The commissioners believe that protecting the health and safety of community members—including teens and children—is a key component of local control for Eagle County.

Do other communities in Eagle County have a locally approved tobacco/nicotine sales tax?
Two Eagle County towns—Avon and Basalt—have passed local ordinances to tax tobacco and nicotine products and raised the minimum sales age to 21 to help reduce teen use and the negative health impacts to their residents. But teens are still able to visit neighboring stores in unincorporated Eagle County to purchase these products.

Would a tax or age restriction include patches, gums and other cessation products?
No. Sales tax and age restrictions will not apply to any nicotine-replacement therapies that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including patches and chewing gums. E-cigarettes and vaping products are not FDA-approved cessation devices. 

Free FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy products and trained counseling support are available through the Colorado QuitLine

Will the county also restrict age of sales of tobacco, nicotine and vaping products?
Yes. The Board of County Commissioners will increase the minimum age for purchase of any tobacco or nicotine product sold in the unincorporated areas of Eagle County. The county is working with local municipalities to also have the purchase age increased within their boundaries.

How does increasing the price of cigarettes and nicotine products reduce teen use?
Research studies and real-world examples show that a combination of tobacco/nicotine price increases, along with increased age restrictions, is the most effective deterrent for underage users.

Increasing price produces the greatest reduction in tobacco use and initiation, particularly among 15 to 17 year olds. Youth are more sensitive to price increases due to their limited resources, and research by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium demonstrates that for every 10 percent increase in price, youth prevalence of cigarette use declines 6 to 7 percent.