Tobacco is one of the main causes of disease, death and suffering in Utah. In addition to its considerable impact on the health of Utahns, tobacco use poses a significant economic burden. Preventing tobacco use among youth is critical since nicotine addiction is linked to starting tobacco use during the teenage years. Ninety percent of regular adult smokers start before the age of 19 – and you and your staff can help drive that number down by preventing access to tobacco and nicotine products. Research shows the following statistics in Utah:

  • Utahns collectively incur about $542 million in annual medical costs as a direct result of tobacco use.
  • 1 out of 10 Utah youth regularly use e-cigarette products.
  • Currently, about 9 percent of adults smoke cigarettes.

The benefits for retailers of complying with Utah’s tobacco laws:

  • You won’t get fined, be charged with a crime or lose your job.
  • You may gain the respect of the community.
  • You may be rewarded by your local health department or manager.
  • You may help reduce the number of youth who may become addicted to tobacco.
  • Fewer underage youth will target your store for illegal purchases.

The information on this site is an overview of Utah’s tobacco related laws. We hope this information will help you make responsible business decisions. Please contact your local health department’s tobacco prevention and control program if you have questions on whether a law applies to your business or product.

*This site does not contain all of the tobacco regulations you may face.

  • The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates tobacco products at the federal level, and
  • Many counties and cities have their own ordinances.

We encourage you to seek out these sources for more information on potential regulations that may affect you.

The information on this site is for educational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. Although the Utah Department of Health will make every effort to ensure this guidance remains current, the department does not represent that every reference to a statute or regulation is up-to-date. If you seek information regarding a specific set of circumstances, we encourage you to seek your own legal counsel.

Way to Quit

Most Utahns who smoke cigarettes (73%) plan to quit within the next year. Tobacco users are more likely to quit for good when they use proven counseling programs and/or quit medications.

Way to Quit offers help in finding the best way to quit through its website, waytoquit.org; telephone-based counseling through the Utah Tobacco Quit Line (1.800.QUIT.NOW); and online coaching.

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