New Statewide Law Bans Vaping Indoors and at Building Entrances
As of July 1, vaping with e-cigarettes is prohibited indoors in most public places throughout Colorado. The new law adds vaping to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which already prohibits smoking indoors in most public places, and which has been amended to increase the distance from public entrances where people can smoke or vape from 15 to 25 feet.
Studies show that a smoker may have to move as far away as 25 feet to prevent exposing others to secondhand smoke in an outdoor area. Outside the doorway to a building is the most common place Coloradans report “having to put up with” secondhand smoke.
“We all deserve clean air to breathe without having to worry about secondhand smoke or breathing in vape chemicals, and this new statewide law sets the same health standards for e-cigarettes as traditional cigarettes,” states John M. Douglas, MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department.
The new law will help protect customers and employees at public places from the cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals, and nicotine that are in the aerosol that comes from vape devices.
In addition, studies show that Colorado high school students vape twice as much as the national average, and strong smoke-free policies reduce the likelihood that young people will start smoking.