DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper and local health groups are working to curb the number of young Coloradans who vape. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says Colorado teenagers vape or use e-cigarettes more than in any other state.
Hickenlooper wants to make some changes including checking up on businesses more often to make sure they’re not selling to minors and extending no smoking laws to include vaping.READ MORE: Denver Weather: It's Been Seven Years Since The Metro Area Was This Hot, This Early
He says another change would be to study how vaping can lead to other risky behavior.READ MORE: Firefighters Warn Of Increased Fire Danger In Denver Are During Incoming Heat Wave
“With teenagers, this is a seed that’s getting planted, and has the potential to lead to life long addictions not just to vaping but to cigarettes,” Hickenlooper said.
He signed an executive order to make November “vape free.” Colorado lawmakers will consider his suggestions during the upcoming legislative session.MORE NEWS: Rescue Groups In Colorado Seeing A Concerning Number Of Emergency Calls In 2021
One of the leading makers of vaping products, Juul, says it supports raising the age to buy e-cigarettes to 21. The company says, “Underage use is directly opposed to our mission of eliminating cigarettes by offering existing adult smokers a true alternative.”