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Tighter e-cigarette regulations await governor's signature

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to tighten regulations on e-cigarette products awaits Gov. Gary Herbert’s consideration.

The Utah Legislature passed HB415 late Thursday night, which would require a person to obtain a license to sell e-cigarette products and outline criminal penalties for vendors who violate license requirements.

It would also give the Utah Department of Health the authority to determine product quality, nicotine content, packaging and labeling standards for e-cigarette liquids.

Current Utah law requires a license to sell tobacco products but not specifically for e-cigarette products. As a result, bill sponsor Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, has said only clerks, not shops, are being penalized for violating the law and selling to minors.

The bill would also restrict a person from advertising an electronic cigarette product as a tobacco cessation device.

Both the House and the Senate voted unanimously to pass the bill.

— Katie McKellar


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