Barron: New tobacco restrictions


To the editor:

The one-year anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act is approaching; and on that date, June 22, the following restrictions will take place:

• Retailers will be required to verify a purchaser’s age by photographic identification.

• Free samples of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco will be prohibited, except in adult-only facilities.

• The sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products through vending machines and self-service displays will be prohibited, except in facilities where individuals under the age of 18 are not present at any time.

• The advertising and labeling to which children and adolescents will be exposed are limited to a black-and-white, text-only format (currently litigation regarding this provision is moving through the judicial system).

• The sale or distribution of brand-identified promotional items, such as hats and T-shirts will be prohibited.

• Sponsorship of sporting and other events, teams and entries in a brand name of a tobacco product will be prohibited.  

All of these restrictions will decrease the amount of tobacco advertising and tobacco products that we are exposed to every day.

Show your support to this bill by disposing of any tobacco branded gear that you own. 

These restrictions are geared to significantly limit the am-

-ount of tobacco messaging that we have been inundated with in the past.

Hopefully by eliminating this messaging at sporting events and making packaging less visually appealing, more current tobacco users will choose to quit and more of our children will never start.

Victoria Barron

Community Health Educator, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Pulmonary Health and Tobacco Prevention and Education


Ray Cartwright 6 years, 10 months ago

Sponsorship of sporting and other events, teams and entries in a brand name of a tobacco product will be prohibited...... HEY who is going to be able to pay those HUGE salaries that all the ball players make..... without sponsorship the cost of people attending will have to rise drastically in order to keep the billionaires that own the teams from going broke........


native_craig_guy 6 years, 10 months ago

This is ridiculous. Maybe the VNA should be targeting crappy parenting and educating kids on the dangers of tobacco rather than limiting a company's ability to market their product. What is next? No more alcohol sponsorships allowed? This country is so focused on placing blame on every external influence that it can. People need to take responsibility for their actions and quit blaming others. It is a sad state we are in where we have legislation that directly affects which companies can advertise and where and how they can advertise. The groups supporting this absurd legislation must be completely ignorant if they believe that black and white signs are going to deter kids from smoking or chewing tobacco. My god you people need hobbies.


T066J 6 years, 10 months ago

Another example of the U.S. government's steadfast attempt to have total control over one's daily life. I believe Orwell knew more than we are giving him credit for.


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