Council Bill CB15-0268 is scheduled for final consideration at the next city council hearing
City & County Building
Denver CO 80202
Council Bill CB15-0268 would deceptively alter the city’s definition of “tobacco product” to include electronic cigarettes for the purposes of prohibiting free samples. Moreover, this bill would repeal the section of Denver’s Municipal Code that exempts retail shops from the ban on free samples.
Not only will this affect how retailers conduct business in Denver, it will have an impact on any tradeshows that might be held within the city limits.
Please take a moment to email and call council members. We have provided contact information and talking points below.
Please plan to attend this hearing. Please see here for guidelines for speaking at public hearings.
Denver, CO - City Council
Susan K. Shepherd
Paul D. López
Mary Beth Susman
Judy H. Montero
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Suggested Talking Points - Sample Ban
- New Customers require expert instruction from retailers. “Try Before You Buy” is crucial to helping new customers make informed decisions about these innovative products.
- Free samples to adult customers gives vapor products a competitive benefit to traditional cigarettes that existing smokers are familiar with and less likely to switch away from (see aforementioned comment about intimidating new products).
- Flavors play an vital role in helping people transition to smoke-free products like e-cigarettes. It is important that consumers have the ability to sample the wide variety of flavors in order to find the ones that work best for them. It is not uncommon for new vapor consumers to discover that they enjoy flavors other than traditional tobacco during this process.