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Tobacco Legislation & Enforcement

Community Health (CH) works to provide a leadership role and oversee the legislation and enforcement of the City’s tobacco regulations.

CH works with the City Attorney’s Office to update the Denver Municipal Code to ensure the tobacco legislation is current with developing technology, trends and state legislation. Currently, we are working to update the definition of tobacco in Chapter 24 to include all forms of tobacco and nicotine derivatives to ensure all products stay out of the hands of Denver’s youth.

Denver also has Executive Orders that apply to all city buildings and those who work in or visit those buildings. Executive Order 99 regulates smoking within any city buildings. That legislation within the city is being updated to include all tobacco and nicotine products, and to expand the outdoor smoking requirement to 25 feet of any entryway.

The City of Denver enforces the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (CCIAA) that regulates smoking indoors and within 15 feet of any main entryway. Denver residents can call 3-1-1 to report any violations of the CCIAA. DEH’s Community Health Division will send a warning letter to the business in violation letting them know they are breaking state law, and will also inform the Denver Police Department as they have ultimate enforcement power. Our partners at Denver Public Health will also reach out to the establishment to provide education on the law and brainstorm how the business can be compliant while also accommodating their customers.

View the fine schedule here. 



If you received a notice like the one above, it is because you could be a potential tobacco retailer. The notice is a reminder of the current Denver Municipal Code Chapter 24 regulations and a warning that starting in 2017 The Department of Environmental health will be enforcing these regulations.

We do not have signs to provide for the required warning message. A printed sign that complies with the size in the regulation is sufficient for compliance.

Make sure you are checking identification cards to make sure tobacco products are not being sold to anyone under the age of 18.

If you would like to report a complaint for sales to minors, please call 311.

Check back regularly for more information.


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