On October 1, 2019, the Utah Department of Health filed an emergency administrative rule R384-418 Electronic-Cigarette Mandatory Warning Signage and Sale Restrictions 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 allowed tobacco retailers until October 7, 2019 to comply. The emergency rule is effective until January 29, 2020.
As a condition to sell any electronic-cigarette products and electronic-cigarette substances, the administrative rule requires all general tobacco retailers and all retail tobacco specialty businesses to display mandatory warning signs. These warning signs shall be posted at business entrances and at each register counter where electronic-cigarette products are sold. The mandatory warning sign shall state: “Vaping unregulated THC is dangerous to your health. A lung disease related to vaping unregulated THC has recently hospitalized dozens of Utahns and caused several deaths nationwide.” The words, “Vaping unregulated THC is dangerous to your health.” must be no less than 0.75 inches in height and the words “A lung disease related to vaping unregulated THC has recently hospitalized dozens of Utahns and caused several deaths nationwide” must be no less than 0.25 inches in height. Your business may use the Department issued signage, or you may create your own signage that complies with these requirements.
The mandatory warning signage is being printed for your business use. Any tobacco retailer that does not display the mandatory warning signage cannot legally sell any electronic-cigarette products. A digital version of the signage can be found here:
For more information on the vaping-related lung injury outbreak in Utah visit https://health.utah.gov/lung-
To read the emergency administrative rule information visit https://rules.utah.gov/publications/emergencyrules/.
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