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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 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
  • 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 under 21. For more details contact your local health department.

On January 1, 2020 the Utah Office of Administrative Rules published a proposed new rule titled, “Electronic Cigarette Mandatory Nicotine Warning Signage and Sale Restrictions,” which was filed by the Utah Department of Health. 

The proposed rule would require all tobacco retailers that choose to sell electronic-cigarette products or electronic-cigarette substances in the state of Utah to display mandatory warning signs. The proposed rule would also restrict the sale of flavored electronic-cigarette products and electronic-cigarette substances to age-restricted retail tobacco specialty businesses.

The rule is designed to address the continued increase in e-cigarette use among Utah’s youth. Vaping among Utah youth has risen sharply, from 1.9% in 2011, to 12.4% in 2019, a 553% relative increase over the past eight years.

The proposed new rule can be found in the 01/01/2020 Utah State Bulletin https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2020/b20200101.pdf beginning on page 153. More information about the rule and digital versions of the nicotine warning signage in both English and Spanish can be found here: http://utahtobaccolaws.org/proposed-new-rule-r384-418/

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