DENVER (KDVR) — The push to end sales of flavored tobacco products in Colorado hit a stalemate on Tuesday.
After it passed the House, the Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the bill by a 5-2 vote. The news brought both relief and frustration among those who have followed the bill’s progress closely.
Among them was Michele Ames. The local mom is with the Flavors Hook Kids Colorado. The group describes itself as a campaign of dozens of organizations and individuals committed to protecting children by stopping the sale of flavored nicotine and tobacco products.
They fully supported HB22-1064.
“We think this is the right solution,” Ames said.
Although the governor publicly stated his lack of support for the bill, they also expected that it could pass in this legislative session.
“We wish they were with us,” Ames said.
Phillip Guerin, owner of local vape shop Mixed Up Creations, was also looking at the poster piece.
“Everyone wants to find a solution, because there is a problem: it’s called youth vaping. This bill was not the solution,” Guerin said.
In December, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock vetoed a similar measure. At the time, Hancock said the bill would hurt businesses while children find other ways to keep the product safe.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ office declined to comment on Tuesday’s vote, but has said publicly that it would not support a statewide ban and believes it is a a local problem.
Guerin predicts that the prohibition problems will return. Ames said his group will make sure that happens.
“We know we have to work harder because we’re here for our kids,” Ames said.
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