Colorado Revised Statutes Title 24 Government State § 24-35-503 Sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to minors or in vending machines prohibited--warning sign--small quantity sales prohibited

(1) No retailer shall sell or permit the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to a minor;  except that it is not a violation if the retailer establishes that the person selling the cigarette, tobacco product, or nicotine product was presented with and reasonably relied upon a photographic identification that identified the person purchasing the cigarette, tobacco product, or nicotine product as being eighteen years of age or older.

(2) No retailer shall sell or offer to sell any cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products by use of a vending machine or other coin-operated machine;  except that cigarettes may be sold at retail through vending machines only in:

(a) Factories, businesses, offices, or other places not open to the general public;

(b) Places to which minors are not permitted access;  or

(c) Establishments where the vending machine dispenses cigarettes through the operation of a device that enables an adult employee of the establishment to prevent the dispensing of cigarettes to minors.

(3) Any person who sells or offers to sell cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products shall display a warning sign as specified in this subsection (3).  The warning sign must be displayed in a prominent place in the building and on any vending or coin-operated machine at all times, must have a minimum height of three inches and a width of six inches, and must read as follows:

WARNING

IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANY PERSON UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE CIGARETTES, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR NICOTINE PRODUCTS, AND, UPON CONVICTION, A $100.00 FINE MAY BE IMPOSED.

(4) No retailer shall sell or offer to sell individual cigarettes, or any pack or container of cigarettes containing fewer than twenty cigarettes, or roll-your-own tobacco in any package containing less than 0.60 ounces of tobacco.

(5) Nothing in this section affects federal laws concerning cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products, as they apply to military bases and Indian reservations within the state.


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