Colorado Cigarette Tax, Amendment 1 (1994)

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The Colorado Cigarette Tax Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was an initiated constitutional amendment in Colorado on the ballot on November 8, 1994, where it was defeated. This amendment sought to modify the Colorado Constitution to place a 50% tax on each pack of cigarettes. The revenues of the tax would have been used for health care, educational programs to reduce tobacco use and research concerning tobacco use and tobacco-related illnesses.[1]

Election results

Colorado Amendment 1 (1994)
Defeatedd No685,86061.47%
Yes 429,847 38.53%

Election results via: Colorado Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1][2]

Shall state taxes be increased $132.1 million annually by an amendment to the Colorado Constitution to increase tobacco taxes 2.5 cents per cigarette and 50% of the manufacturer's list price of other tobacco products, and to repeal the state sales and use tax exemption for cigarettes, effective July 1, 1995; to require appropriation of the revenues primarily for health care, educational programs to reduce tobacco use, and research concerning tobacco use and tobacco-related illnesses; and to authorize municipalities and counties to impose cigarette and tobacco taxes, subject to Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Legislative Council, "Ballot Issue History," accessed February 20, 2014]
  2. El Paso County, Colorado, "Official Sample Ballot for General Election"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.