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Denver raises age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

Denver’s city council voted unanimously Monday night to pass an ordinance raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, effective immediately.

Under these new regulations, stores will be required to renew their license each year allowing them to continue to sell products containing nicotine, report our news partners at KUSA.

Any new store wanting to sell these products must be over 1,000 feet away from schools or recreation centers.

Although the ordinance went into effect immediately, businesses won’t be formally cited for violations until three months later. They must have their new license to sell by January 1, 2021.

This vote comes after Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill permitting individual cities to pass their own tobacco policies, report 9News.

Several other Colorado cities have passed similar policies: Aspen, Avon, Basalt, and Carbondale.

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