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State tobacco laws can be difficult to understand. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 has helped simplify things at the federal level, but states have varying authority over certain aspects of tobacco control.

In Utah, regulations for newer products, like electronic cigarettes, are enforced by the state and local health department, so the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has compiled the statewide tobacco regulations here. This information is intended for:

  • Anyone who is, or wants to become, a retailer of tobacco products
  • Local governments and members of the public seeking to better understand how tobacco products are regulated by the state

On October 1, 2019, the Utah Department of Health filed an emergency administrative rule R384-418 aimed at reducing the number of vaping-related lung injury cases in the state and protect health and safety of Utah youth. The emergency administrative rule became effective that day, but allows tobacco retailers until October 7, 2019 to comply. As a condition to sell any electronic-cigarette products and electronic-cigarette substances, the administrative rule requires that your business display mandatory warning signs, by October 7, 2019.

Local health departments will be enforcing the emergency rule R384-418 requirements and may choose to not enforce the full extent of the rule until Monday October 21, 2019. Failure to comply with this rule could result in local health department penalties and can also result in prosecution by law enforcement as a criminal offense under state law.

More information about the rule & a digital version of the signage can be found here: http://utahtobaccolaws.org/emergency-rule-r384-418/

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