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Colorado is going smokeless. And vapeless. Inhaling marijuana remains legal, but e-cigarettes are banned from state buildings, its grounds, and state universities.

In response to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s recent announcement that the state had the highest teen vaping rates in the country, Governor John Hickenlooper inked the executive order to expand a Colorado vaping ban, according to a government news release.

“To lead the nation in youth vaping is intolerable,” Hickenlooper said in the release.  “Collectively, we can help ensure families better understand the lifetime health impact of vaping at a young age and work to decrease the number of youths turning to this popular, yet problematic form of nicotine.”

Hickenlooper’s Colorado vaping ban order offered additional mandates such as the Colorado Department of Revenue stepping up its compliance efforts, including increased focus on retail regulations regarding transactions by minors.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also has been charged with developing vaping industry health warnings. It also is slated to research any links to traditional teen “risky behavior” such as drug use and heavy drinking, according to greeleytribune.com.

State legislatures can use the executive order as a blueprint for expanding the tobacco excise tax to all vaping devices and products during the upcoming session. A template also exists for government officials to use as a guide for raising the legal vaping age to 21 years old, greeleytribune.com reported.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Interim Chief Medical Officer Tista Ghosh suggested in a press release that teen vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and become a gateway to experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

Developing a new marketing platform to keep vaping products out of the hands of minors, the governor introduced this month as Vape-Free November.

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