Tobacco and Vaping Ordinance

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Update 12/13/2019:

Beginning on March 1, the lawful age to purchase or consume any tobacco and vape products in the City of Golden will be 21 years old. At their meeting on Dec. 12, City Council voted to raise the age from 18 to 21 to make access to the products more difficult for youth. Ordinance 2118 also establishes a licensing program for all tobacco retailers. Golden currently licenses non-cigarette tobacco retailers so this new license will include all tobacco retailers.

Council listened to several hours of public testimony at their December meeting before making their final decision. They also hosted their first ever virtual town hall with a group of students from Golden High School earlier in the day, to get their feedback on the proposed ordinance.

Also under consideration was a ban on flavored nicotine and tobacco products. However, after much discussion, they decided not to ban flavors at this time. The ordinance goes into effect on March 1, 2020.


City Council is considering Ordinance 2118 regarding the regulation of nicotine and tobacco products. If you would like to share your thoughts on this issue, email City Council at councilcomments@cityofgolden.net, comment on this page, and/or attend the meeting on December 12th to speak at public comment.

Update 12/13/2019:

Beginning on March 1, the lawful age to purchase or consume any tobacco and vape products in the City of Golden will be 21 years old. At their meeting on Dec. 12, City Council voted to raise the age from 18 to 21 to make access to the products more difficult for youth. Ordinance 2118 also establishes a licensing program for all tobacco retailers. Golden currently licenses non-cigarette tobacco retailers so this new license will include all tobacco retailers.

Council listened to several hours of public testimony at their December meeting before making their final decision. They also hosted their first ever virtual town hall with a group of students from Golden High School earlier in the day, to get their feedback on the proposed ordinance.

Also under consideration was a ban on flavored nicotine and tobacco products. However, after much discussion, they decided not to ban flavors at this time. The ordinance goes into effect on March 1, 2020.


City Council is considering Ordinance 2118 regarding the regulation of nicotine and tobacco products. If you would like to share your thoughts on this issue, email City Council at councilcomments@cityofgolden.net, comment on this page, and/or attend the meeting on December 12th to speak at public comment.

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  • What is the date of the proposed Ordinance listed under "documents" above? Please clarify since there have been several versions. Also, can you please add a date to the referenced ordinance and date any draft ordinances going forward so that it is clear which version is being reviewed? Thank you.

    M.L. asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. We changed the titles to reflect dates of the ordinances. One is the clean proposed version for December 12 and the other is from the November 17 meeting.