Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:34 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado residents voted to pass a new sales tax to combat the use of nicotine and tobacco products in a west Denver county.
Summit Daily reported Tuesday that Summit County voters passed the ballot measure increasing the sales tax on cigarettes to $4 each pack along with a 40% tax increase for products including e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
Officials say the tax includes a 10% annual increase for four years through 2024.
Officials say the tax is expected to go into effect Jan. 1 with the first 10% increase in January 2021.
Some officials say studies show a cost increase is the most effective way to reduce use of these products.
Multiple other counties including Pitkin, Eagle, Glenwood Springs and New Castle voted on similar measures.
Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/