Voters throughout the Roaring Fork Valley overwhelmingly approved cigarette and tobacco taxes Tuesday.
Pitkin County and Eagle County approved an eventual 4 dollars-a-pack tax on cigarettes and a 40% tax increase on tobacco products. The city of Glenwood Springs voted to do the same thing. Pitkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Poschman said he was surprised that all the tobacco taxes in the area passed by such wide margins.
“This tells me we’re all on the right track and that the region is going to be working together," said Poschman. "I don’t think any of our communities in this region like being the area with the highest incidence of vaping and nicotine use.”
Money raised by all the cigarette and tobacco taxes will be used to help fund tobacco cessation programs, education to prevent smoking and other mental health programs.