At its meeting Tuesday, the Edgewater City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and e-cigarettes, within city limits.
The ordinance comes with a rather unique requirement, going into effect just five days after its passage, leaving retailers minimal time to deal with existing stock on hand before it becomes illegal.
While Edgewater is the first municipality in Jefferson County to pass such a ban, it is far from the first in Colorado to do so. The cities of Aspen, Boulder, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Snowmass Village have all passed similar bans, while Denver is one of several cities currently considering passing their own bans.
Edgewater has long been a city willing to enact anti-tobacco measures, having required a tobacco retailer license in 2016, and becoming one of the first cities in the state to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old and banning smoking in parks in March 2019.
Edgewater is a fairly small suburb located immediately to the west of Denver, with a population of approximately 5,200 residents.