Clean Indoor Air Act Expands to Include Vaping

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT EXPANSION

  • The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 restricted indoor smoking in many public places. It was in an effort to protect residents from secondhand smoke.  
  • Increasingly popular nicotine vapor products were not previously covered under the Clean Indoor Air Act.
  • As of July 1, 2019:
    • Vaping will not be allowed in indoor public places, including all bars and restaurants.
    • People will have to stand at least 25 feet from entrances while smoking or vaping (it was previously 15 feet).
    • All hotel and motel rooms will be smoke and vape-free.
    • All businesses will be smoke and vape-free.
    • Common areas of assisted living facilities will be smoke and vape-free.
  • E-cigarette products are dangerous for the user and expose bystanders to secondhand vapor that is not safe to breathe.  The vapor can include cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals, and nicotine. 
  • Mesa County’s death rate for lung and bronchus cancer is 41.4 per 100,000 people.  That’s statistically higher than the state’s rate of 28.5 per 100,000 people.
  • A recent report showed nearly 50 percent (48.7%) of high school students in Mesa County reported trying a vape product.  Nearly one-third, 31 percent, said they had used one in the last 30 days.  
  • That same report showed only 45 percent of Mesa County high school students think vape products are harmful.  It’s worth noting that significantly fewer Mesa County students think vaping is harmful when compared to the state (50%) and compared to the perceived harm of traditional cigarettes (88%).
  • Tobacco continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing half a million people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Mesa County Public Health is committed to providing resources and information about issues that impact our health, both as a community and individually. 
  • For local resources and information on how to quit, visit our the Quit Tobacco Today page.

Take a look at this Fact Sheet that outlines the new protections for workers, residents, and visitors.

For more information, visit health.mesacounty.us.

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