Colo. latest state considering e-cigarette limits

DENVER — Orange, strawberry and chocolate are a few of the nicotine flavors for sale at a suburban Denver store selling electronic cigarettes — battery-operated inhalers advertised as a better alternative to smoking because the nicotine is delivered through vapor, not smoke.

While tobacco can’t be sold to anyone under 18 in Colorado, there’s no legal minimum age for e-cigarettes here. That may change: Health concerns over so-called nicotine “vaping” by kids has Colorado considering age requirements for the nicotine devices popping up at marts and mall kiosks.

“We consider this either a quitting aid or a healthier way to smoke,” said Blair Roberts, a 22-year-old sales associate at Colorado E-Smokes. Like many in the e-cigarette business, Roberts welcomes a legal age restriction on e-cigarettes.

“Just like with regular cigarettes, nicotine is very harmful and addictive. This is not for children,” Roberts said.

Invented in China, electronic cigarettes are touted by users as a way to enjoy nicotine without smoke. A liquid nicotine solution is dropped into a vaporizer inside a device designed to look like a cigarette, cigar or pipe. Users inhale nicotine vapor and exhale what looks like smoke but has no odor.

E-cigarettes can be smoked in an office cubicle or an airplane restroom without triggering smoke alarms. Anecdotal evidence abounds from former smokers who insist e-cigarettes helped them kick the habit.

Legislation to impose an age requirement on sales has little opposition so far. The House approved a bill earlier this month, and the measure now awaits Senate action before heading to the governor.


Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

  • Registered Nurse

    JOIN OUR JOURNEYMontrose Memorial Hospital is looking for an ex...

  • Retail Guitar Tech

    Must be familiar w/stringinstrument sent up, re-strings and minor...

  • Ot/cota

    Larchwood Innsis now acceptingapplications forFull Time

  • Upward Bound Coordinator

    Upward BoundCoordinatorTemporary Interim PositionColorado ...

  • Social Worker

    Full Time, Bachelor's Degree preferred.Apply online athttp...

  • Dental Hygienist

    Our office is seeking an experienced to join our dental team. We are...

Search More Jobs

734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Subscribe to print edition
Advertiser Tearsheet

© 2016 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy