Three new state laws took effect Tuesday, banning kids from cigar bars, taxing online purchases and sending doctors back to class.
Under HB-1076, children under age 18 cannot enter cigar-tobacco bars. Previously, they were allowed on the premises with parental supervision.
“Children and teenagers should not be exposed to dangerous second-hand smoke inside commercial establishments,” said state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Adams County. “Starting today, cigar-tobacco bars will have to be crystal clear that these venues are for adults, not minors.”
Under HB-1240, the state will collect sales taxes from online retailers that don’t have a presence in Colorado.
“The law evens the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar stores and helps us invest in our state’s future,” said state Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada.
Under SB-228, health care providers must undergo training on the prescription of opioids, identifying substance abuse, referring clients to treatment programs and using electronic prescription drug-monitoring programs.
“Opioid prescribers will now have to demonstrate the competencies necessary to recognize potential substance use disorder in their patients, prescribe opioids appropriately, and ensure access to treatment,” said state Rep. Bri Buentello, D-Pueblo.