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

On December 20, 2019, the President signed HR 1865 – Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 into law. Section 603 of the bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raises the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes – to anyone younger than 21. For more details contact your local health department.

Various Utah tobacco related laws will change due to the passage of 7th Sub. H.B. 23 – Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Amendments and 6th Sub. S.B. 37 – Electronic Cigarette and Other Nicotine Product Amendments, during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session. The law changes in these two bills become effective on July 1, 2020.

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