DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers says the state that made national news for being the first to allow marijuana sales should make headlines again by being the first to ban teen smoking.
They're backing a proposal likely to be introduced next week that would raise the tobacco age limit from 18 to 21. The bill would apply to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and tobacco vaporizers.
The proposal could set off a heated debate. Opposition will likely be as bipartisan as the support, and presiding officers in the Legislature and governor's office haven't mentioned tobacco as a priority.
Several other states are considering similar legislation, but none have acted yet. A handful of states set the smoking age at 19.
Colorado's marijuana law sets the age limit at 21.