HB19-1076 (Michaelson Jenet & Larson/Priola & Donovan) Clean Indoor Air Act Add E-cigarettes Remove Exceptions

Originally Posted: February 1, 2019
Last Updated: May 10, 2019

Summary

This bill would add the use of electronic smoking devices, such as e-cigarettes, to the activities prohibited in indoor public spaces and workplaces under Colorado’s Clean Indoor Air Act. The bill would also remove outdated exceptions from the law, including smoking areas in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and airports.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Aerosols released from e-cigarettes increase exposure to carcinogens and heavy metals, including through secondhand inhalation. E-cigarettes also contain nicotine, which is addictive and has a negative impact on adolescents’ developing brains. E-cigarette use among Colorado youth is the highest in the country and twice the national average, and only 50 percent of Colorado youth report believing that e-cigarettes are harmful to their health. The U.S. Surgeon General recently released an advisory on e-cigarette use among youth, calling it “an epidemic.” The Surgeon General recommends that states add e-cigarettes to smoke-free indoor air policies as one strategy to reduce e-cigarette use among youth. Prohibition on the use of e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces helps reduce normalization of e-cigarette use and youth perception that e-cigarettes are safe.

Current Status

Passed the Senate, amended, on a bipartisan vote of 25-9 and repassed the House with Senate amendments. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature

Previous Statuses


February 1, 2019

Assigned to the House Health & Insurance Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wed., Feb. 6 at 1:30p in Room 0107

March 1, 2019

Passed the House Health & Insurance Committee on a bipartisan vote of 10-1 and now heads to the House floor for a vote.

April 19, 2019

Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 48-17 and now heads to the Senate.

April 26, 2019

Passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously and now heads to the Senate floor for debate.