Research shows that youth are affected twice as much as adults by tobacco advertising. One-third of kids try smoking because of tobacco company advertisements. Because of this, there are laws in Utah about how traditional tobacco can be advertised (Utah Code § 76-10-102).

In Utah, businesses cannot advertise a vapor product unless they are both licensed and permitted to sell vapor products. If a business is allowed to advertise vapor products, they cannot market the products as cessation devices (Utah Code § 26-57-103).

The Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) says that traditional tobacco advertising outside of stores must be limited to 14 square feet. The MSA has other restrictions on the advertising of traditional tobacco products. Please consult with your legal counsel on how best to comply with these requirements.

Product Placement

*Includes traditional tobacco products as well as vapor products and hookah.*

Utah laws restrict how retailers sell tobacco to the public. Most retailers can only sell tobacco when they are face-to-face with the customer. This means that retailers cannot use vending machines and self-service displays for tobacco products. The only exemption to this requirement is for adults-only businesses and tobacco specialty stores. For all other businesses, retailers need to keep tobacco products out of the reach of their customers. The purpose of this law is to prevent youth from having direct access to tobacco products.

Please go to Utah Code § 76-10-105.1 for more information.

Gifts of Tobacco Products

*Includes traditional tobacco products as well as vapor products and hookah.*

In Utah, businesses cannot give tobacco products to customers without charge. A person who breaks this law is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor for the first offense, and a Class B misdemeanor for each subsequent offense.

There are exceptions to this law. Businesses can give free tobacco products:

  1. At professional conventions where the general public is not invited
  2. Upon the purchase of another tobacco product

Please go to Utah Code § 76-10-111 and Utah Code § 76-10-112 for more information.

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