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Tobacco Tax Increase (Amendment 72)

Jul 25, 2016


We support Amendment 72 because it would raise $315 million to prevent tobacco-related diseases, meet youth and veterans’ mental health needs, and support healthcare in underserved areas of our state.

Results - Failed (The Denver Post) 

No 53.5% (1,354,342 votes)

Yes 46.4% (1,175,416 votes)

This legislation would promote a healthier Colorado by discouraging tobacco use while sponsoring programs that strengthen our communities. State agencies will contract with nonprofits to deliver many of these services and ensure that resources are directed to the most effective interventions. 

Background Information

Both the federal and state government collect taxes on non-cigarette tobacco products, such as cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, dip, and chewing tobacco. The federal government collects a tax of $1.01 on each pack of 20 cigarettes. Tobacco use costs each Colorado household $707 per year according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Amendment 72 does the following:

Amends constitutional language to increase tobacco taxes as follows:

  • Increase the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59
  • Increase the state tax on other tobacco products from 40 percent to 62 percent of the price

The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado estimates the tax increases could raise about $315 million a year. 

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