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In Denver, anyone can sell tobacco. No license required.

The concept behind tobacco retail licensing is simple: Retailers must comply with all tobacco laws or lose their license to sell tobacco. Stores need a license to sell beer.
Why not tobacco?

Support the Licensed to Sell Tobacco Initiative! Tobacco licensing helps protect kids from illegal tobacco sales and makes it harder for them to start using tobacco.

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Why is tobacco retail licensing right for Denver?

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in Denver.

Between 2006 and 2010, over 10,000 people died in Denver from tobacco-related illness. Yet, every year, nearly 3,600 Colorado youth become daily smokers.

A tobacco retail license will prevent illegal sales to minors.

48% of Denver youth say it would be easy for them to get their own cigarettes. In 2008, 60% of underage Colorado smokers who tried to buy tobacco from a store were successful.

Requiring a tobacco retail license will have no effect on a business’ legal tobacco sales.

Multiple Colorado communities have passed tobacco retail license laws to protect kids from illegal tobacco sales. Only businesses who are illegally selling tobacco products to minors will be affected by this license.

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