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 developed this website to inform tobacco retailers about Utah tobacco laws and protect Utah youth from the harmful effects of tobacco use and nicotine addiction. This information is intended for:

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

Effective July 1, 2020 it is illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product, electronic cigarette product, and nicotine product to anyone younger than 21. For more details contact your local health department.

The Utah Division of Administrative Rules’ 7/15/2020 Bulletin includes a proposed amendment UDOH filed to Utah Administrative Rule R384-324 – Tobacco Retailer Permit Process, beginning on page 40. Here’s a link to the current version of R384-324, for comparison.

The proposed changes revise the rule to align with changes in Utah Code 26-62, that are effective 07/01/2020. The changes are because of the passage of H.B. 23 and S.B. 37 from the 2020 General Session.

Public comments on the proposed amendment will be accepted until 8/14/2020 and can be sent to tobaccorulescomments@utah.gov.

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