This page contains an index to all policies of the Colorado Medical Society. The title of each major section is a clickable link to the related policies.


355. Tobacco and Other Nicotine Products

355.992 Smoking Ban

Colorado Medical Society strongly and actively supports both state and local efforts to prohibit smoking in the following places:

  1. All enclosed areas of worksites and public places owned, rented, leased or otherwise under the control of the State of Colorado including motor vehicles.
  2. Restrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways and any other common-use areas.
  3. Buses, taxicabs, and other means of public transit under the authority of the State of Colorado, and ticket, boarding, and waiting areas of public transit depots.
  4. All restaurants and bars.
  5. Service lines.
  6. Retail stores.
  7. All areas available to and customarily used by the general public in all businesses and non-profit entities patronized by the public, including but not limited to, banks, laundromats, hotels and motels.
  8. All areas of galleries, libraries and museums.
  9. Any facility which is primarily used for exhibiting any motion picture, stage, drama, lecture, musical recital or other similar performance, except performers when smoking is part of a stage production.
  10. Sports arenas.
  11. Convention halls.
  12. Public and private meeting facilities.
  13. Every room, chamber, place of meeting or public assembly, including school buildings under the control of any board, council, commission, committee, including joint committees, or agencies of the State of Colorado or any political subdivision of the State of Colorado, to the extent such location is subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Colorado.
  14. Waiting rooms, hallways, wards and semi-private rooms of health facilities, including, but not limited to, hospitals, clinics, physical therapy facilities, doctors’ offices, and dentists’ offices.
  15. Lobbies, hallways, and other common areas in hotels, motels, multiple-tenant office buildings and malls, apartment buildings, condominiums, trailer parks, retirement facilities, nursing homes, and other multiple-unit residential facilities.
  16. Eighty percent (80%) of hotel and motel rooms rented to guests.
  17. Airplanes.

(RES-32, AM 2004; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)

355.993 Display of Tobacco Advertisements

The Colorado Medical Society opposes the display in patient areas of periodicals and printed materials containing tobacco advertisements.
(RES-24, AM 2000; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)

355.994 Tobacco Settlement

(RES-13, AM 1999; Sunset, BOD-1, AM 2014)

355.995 Tobacco Related Research

The Colorado Medical Society supports a restriction on tobacco industry funding for tobacco related research in any state-supported institution.
(RES-44, AM 1996; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)

355.996 State Excise Taxes on Tobacco Products

The Colorado Medical Society supports and encourages the passage of increased excise taxes on tobacco products and that these proceeds support educational cessation, prevention activities and increase patient access to medical services.
(RES-64, AM 1992; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)

355.997 Smoke-Free Colorado Medical Society

Smoking is prohibited at all Colorado Medical Society (CMS) functions. Smoking is prohibited in the offices of the CMS.
(Motion of the Board, January 1982, Substitute RES 67, AM 1990; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)

355.998 Youth Vaping and Tobacco Use

Public health crisis

  • CMS recognizes youth vaping and tobacco/nicotine use as a public health crisis.
  • CMS recognizes more research is needed to help direct regulatory standards on youth vaping.

Regulation of youth vaping and tobacco/nicotine use

  • CMS supports the enactment of reasonable laws that seek to regulate the sale and distribution of tobacco/nicotine products in order to protect youth and restrict youth access to vaping/tobacco/nicotine.
  • CMS supports enforcement of existing tobacco/nicotine/vaping control laws.
  • CMS supports eliminating advertisements of tobacco/nicotine and vaping products targeted specifically at youth, designed to promote youth initiation of vaping and progression to traditional tobacco/nicotine use.
  • CMS supports eliminating added flavors to vaping solutions that can be appealing to youth and promote initiation or continued youth use.
  • CMS promotes requiring vaping containers be in child resistant packaging to prevent accidental ingestion and exposure.

Screening/education and awareness

  • CMS encourages all health care providers to screen all youth specifically for vaping as well as other tobacco/nicotine use, and have subsequent discussions of smoking cessation and referral to developmentally appropriate nicotine cessation treatment if needed.
  • CMS recommends screening patients for other high-risk behaviors, including alcohol use, other drug use, and risky sexual behaviors if the youth is vaping.
  • CMS supports educational efforts designed to increase awareness, especially among youth, about the dangers of vaping/smoking and to reduce tobacco/nicotine use in our society.

(RES-41, AM 1990; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014; Amended BOD May 17, 2019)


355.999 Limitation on Distribution of Tobacco

The Colorado Medical Society (CMS) opposes the sale of tobacco products in vending machines. The CMS opposes the free distribution of tobacco products as a promotional tool of the tobacco manufacturers.
(RES-31, AM 1988; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)