All of Utah's workplaces, including restaurants, taverns, and private clubs, are 100% smokefree. The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act was strengthened several times in order to provide smokefree protections to Utah's workers and residents. Restaurants went smokefree in January 1995, non-hospitality workplaces went smokefree in May 2006, and taverns and private clubs went smokefree in January 2009. Utah law also declares that any tobacco smoke that drifts into a residential unit is a nuisance under the law.
Unfortunately, Utah preempts cities and counties from adopting their own smokefree indoor air laws. Utah state law still "supersedes any ordinance enacted by a governing body of a political subdivision that restricts smoking and that is not essentially identical to the provisions of this chapter." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Utah.
2013 State Legislative Session: 1/28/2013 - 3/14/2013
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Smokefree & Related News
popularity of e-cigarettes has educators and lawmakers concerned
to consider e-cigarettes
County looks at regulating e-cigarettes
Emery County parks be smoke free?
30-day use of e-cigarettes by youth up 500 percent in Weber ...
seek to raise Utah smoking age to 21
e-cigarette retailers set new standards as use triples among youth
burned after e-cigarette explodes in car charger
smoking policy soon to be enforced
View: Have state regulate e-cigarettes
Utah lawmakers' affair with big tobacco
County health board considers regulating e-cigarettes
City Council Tables E-Cigarettes Ban
considers ban on e-cigarette smoking in public places
Kids Using E-Cigarettes
free apartments have smokers fuming
lawmakers look to regulate child access to e-cigarettes
super-heroes to fight Big Tobacco in Utah
measure to tax e-cigarettes like regular smokes voted down by lawmakers
Wants to Tax E-Cigarettes
Legislator Targets E-Cigarettes
lawmaker wants to crack down on e-cigarettes
Herbert supportive of bill banning smoking in cars with children
on smoking in cars with kids headed to governor
opposition, bill prohibiting smoking in car with kids passes house
smoking ban clears committee
ban on smoking gaining supporters
not allowed indoors at WSU
zones policy passes in faculty senate
week sees movement on 'Dixie State University' and air quality
OKs bill that bans smoking in cars with kids present
To Ban Smoking In Vehicles With Young Passengers Passes ...
bill to ban smoking in cars with kids gets committee approval
lawmakers received $96K in contributions from alcohol, tobacco companies
In our opinion: A bill against smoking in the car unlikely to result
in fewer incidents
car-smoking ban pass this time around?
making another attempt at prohibiting smoking in cars ...
in the Park event to celebrate smoke-free parks
Lake County government campus goes smoke-free
The Salt Lake County Government Center at 2001 S. State St. is now
a smoke-free campus. As of July 1, employees and patrons can light up
in only two places: on the west side between the North and South buildings
near the flag pole and on the northeast side at the southeast corner
of the lower-level parking garage.
City Council confines specialty tobacco shops to select areas
New guidelines have been implemented here for smoke shops and hookah
stores. The specialty tobacco shops will be confined to two very select
areas under new rules approved by the city council. The guidelines limit
the stores to conditional uses within commercial-highway zones. In conjunction
with the new zoning, city leaders also approved a business license ordinance
amendment dealing with the specialty stores.
hookah ban in effect
With a few exceptions, puffing on hookah pipes or e-cigarettes is now
illegal in Utah businesses. HB245 went into effect May 8.
parks now tobacco-free
By theleader A motion made by the Tremonton City Council officially
made all of Tremonton City parks tobacco-free after an urging from the
Tremonton Youth ...
OK ban on hookahs, e-cigarettes
By Lee Davidson The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a ban on smoking hookahs and electronic cigarettes in indoor public places
HB245 is a well-intentioned bill that unfortunately creates more problems than it solves. It carves out exemptions in the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act through at least 2017 to allow people to smoke hookahs and e-cigarettes in certain businesses. We disagree that the state needs to grant exceptions to the law now before asking some businesses to discontinue smoking later. ...
Oppose Exemptions to Utah Indoor Clean Air Act
(KCPW News) Legislation that bans huka smoking and the use of electronic
cigarettes in public spaces under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act is on
the verge of ...
Banning Hookah and E-Cigarette Use Clears Another Hurdle
(KCPW News) A bill banning the use of hookahs and e-cigarettes in public
places under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act will be debated by the full
senate after ...
Cigs President Urges Utah Senate to Dismiss Ban
Currently, the law only bans ignited tobacco products and does not
... "Utah law makers admit that they do not have all the facts
about e-cigarettes, ...
banned from future Fairbourne Station hotel
Tobacco smoke in hotel guest rooms accelerates the deterioration
of the paint, ... Many four- and five-star hotels ban smoking everywhere
on their grounds, ...
passes ban on using e-cigarettes, hookahs in public
The Utah House approved a proposal Tuesday to ban the smoking of hookah
pipes and e-cigarettes in public places, after opponents held a hookah
pipe smoking ...
House committee OKs hookah ban
By Robert Gehrke A House committee approved a bill Thursday banning the use of hookahs and electronic cigarettes in public places, but gave a five-year...
panel forwards ban on hookah, e-cigarettes
smoke still a problem in Utah
One in 10 Utahns smoke tobacco but an estimated 17,000 children are
exposed to harmful secondhand smoke. ...
lawmakers: Smoking hookah OK in bars and clubs
Utahns can continue to smoke tobacco from water pipes after all. ...
gives hookah the hook
Starting in mid-September, Utah bars and clubs cannot allow patrons to smoke most hookah products indoors. ...
health officials proposing rule to ban hookah smoking in public places,
A proposed rule by Utah health officials would prohibit hookah smoking in popular bars and other public places. ...
OKs bill that would make it illegal to smoke in cars with kids present
The House passed a bill late Monday evening that would make it illegal for adults to smoke in cars when children are present. ...
to ban smoking in cars with kids is defeated
As a possible sign of growing power by conservative tea party allies, a House panel voted down a bill Tuesday that would have banned smoking in a car when a child under age 16 is present. ...
bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with kids
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, hopes that the fourth time is the charm for HB89 to ban smoking in a car when a child younger than age 15 is present.
Similar legislation has been run three other times by other legislators, but has run into problems from lawmakers who fear it may infringe on the rights of parents ...
County OKs hookah policy
Provo To the Utah County Board of Health, hookah pipes are the same as cigarettes and cigars.
The board unanimously voted Monday to adopt a policy treating hookah pipes like any other tobacco product, fully subject to the Indoor Clean Air Act.
The policy will act as a placeholder. Its expected the state Department of Health will issue an administrative rule declaring hookah pipes subject to Utahs indoor-smoking law.
Joseph Miner, Utah County Health Departments executive director, said the county is following the lead of Davis County, which recently enacted an identical policy.
Were doing what common sense tells us, Miner said. But until the state acts, we need some guidelines." ...
for hookah bars in Davis County goes up in smoke
FARMINGTON Before any hookah bars open in the county, the Davis County Board of Health plans on halting them at the border by using the states Clean Air Act.
The board gave a directive to health department director Lewis Garrett to put together a policy which would ban such establishments because of the effects of second-hand smoke hookahs would generate. . . .
Sam North, a health educator with the county, told board members that for many, smoking a hookah is a social event.
Hookah bars are gaining in popularity in the United States, especially among college-age students. Here in Utah there are such bars in Salt Lake County and elsewhere. Utah County is looking at its first.
North told board members that statistics from studies conducted in 2005 and 2006 for a national Tobacco-Related Disease Program, show that those smoking hookahs get 72 times the tar, four times the nicotine and 11 times the carbon monoxide of those smoking cigarettes. ...
smoking at Davis health campuses
CLEARFIELD The Davis County Board of Health voted Tuesday to ban smoking at all campuses of the county health department.
It's a similar policy to those enacted by the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare hospitals and is a policy recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Lewis Garrett, director of the Davis County Health Department.
The new board policy declares that the health department offices in Farmington, future offices in Clearfield, the vehicle inspection and maintenance tech center in Kaysville and Women, Infants and Children facilities in Davis County are smoke-free zones.
The policy applies to all tobacco products. ...
backs ban on smoking in car with young children
Utah lawmakers on Tuesday passed a proposed ban on smoking in a vehicle in which children are riding.
HB82, sponsored by Rep. Jay Seegmiller, D-Sandy, would bar smoking in the vehicle when a child younger than 8 and requiring a restraining device is present. The proposed penalty is a $45 ticket.
Several lawmakers argued passionately for keeping children from breathing various chemicals in cigarette smoke, and Seegmiller said the children have no other protection.
"This is a tremendously important bill to protect the rights of children who can't speak for themselves," he said. . . .
The bill passed 40-31 and now goes to the Senate. ...
bill to ban sale of nicotine candy
The Utah House passed a bill Tuesday that would ban the sale of nicotine-laced candies. ...The House also stripped wording that would have banned electronic cigarettes, which turn a liquid into vapor to simulate smoking without producing toxic smoke. They are marketed as a smoking-cessation aid. ...
Legislature: Lawmakers take aim at tobacco products
Lawmakers' ongoing "anti-tobacco nicky fit," as Utah smokers affectionately call the spate of prohibitions on almost anything with nicotine, will continue this week after stalling momentarily when a House committee realized that two bills are targeting the same nicotine-drenched product.
Electronic cigarettes, which look like normal cigarettes but are smokeless and run on batteries that heat a capsule of nicotine in the mouthpiece into a vapor, are targeted directly by HB88 and also would be covered indirectly by a new "Nicotine Product Restriction Act" proposed by HB71.
The former was approved and sent to the House consent calendar. But the bill would be redundant under the broader nicotine-product and flavored smokeless tobacco restrictions in HB71. . . .
Some Utahns who fully endorse the effort to prohibit the sale of products containing nicotine that most kids can't tell from regular candy and mints say lawmakers ought to take a breath before restricting e-cigarettes.
Mark Livingston, a private citizen who said he detests smoking, said e-cigarettes have been able to help family members get off regular cigarettes. ...
requires smoke shops to stay away from schools
Smoke shops and beer stores will have to be farther away from schools and other public venues in Sandy.
On Tuesday, the City Council gave the final nod to a code amendment requiring new alcohol and tobacco specialty stores to be at least 1,000 feet away from the property lines of schools, parks, libraries, churches and cultural facilities.
The new rule, which does not apply to 7-Eleven-type convenience stores or existing specialty stores, also keeps future smoke shops or beer stores 150 feet from what Sandy calls the 9000 South "Gateway" ...
tobacco kicked big bucks into Utah politics
Big tobacco companies contributed $67,000 to Utah office holders and their political action committees in 2009, as lawmakers wrangle over whether to nearly triple the state's cigarette tax.
Many elected officials in Utah -- including Gov. Gary Herbert and Senate President Michael Waddoups -- refuse contributions from alcohol and tobacco companies.
But more than a third of legislators did receive money from Altria Client Services Inc. and Reynolds American Inc. . . .
"Just personally, it concerns me that the money [legislators] receive came from the poison these folks sold and I wish they were a little more discrete about accepting it," said Michael Siler, government relations director for the Utah chapter of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack, who received $1,500 last year from Altria, said he has no problem taking the money and disclosing it, but it doesn't affect his votes.
"If you can't look at somebody straight in the face and take their money and vote according to your conscience, you probably shouldn't take the money," Killpack said.
Waddoups said he no longer accepts contributions from tobacco companies, after constituents voiced objections. However, the Senate Leadership Political Action Committee, which Waddoups and other members of Senate leadership lead, received a total of $14,000 from Altria and Reynolds. . . .
Sen. Allen Christensen will once again sponsor legislation this year
that would raise Utah's cigarette tax to $2 per pack . . .
department to close workers' smoking area
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Department of Health is shutting down the outdoor smoking area for its employees.
The move is part of an effort for its workplace be completely smoke-free by Jan. 1.
For years, the 12-acre Cannon Building campus has maintained an outdoor smoking enclosure for state employees.
David Sundwall, director of the state health department, says it's the department's duty to prohibit tobacco use at its buildings.
He made the announcement Thursday as part of the 32nd annual Great
American Smoke Out. ...
told to pick one: Intermountain Healthcare or tobacco companies
Intermountain Healthcare is issuing an ultimatum to its lobbying corps: Kick tobacco or else.
The region's largest health-care provider sent letters this month to its contract lobbyists -- including former House Speaker Greg Curtis -- demanding that they sign a conflict-of-interest statement vowing not to lobby on behalf of tobacco companies or Intermountain would terminate their pacts.
"The purpose of the statement is to preclude Intermountain lobbyists from working for tobacco interests, and to force current lobbyists who represent tobacco to choose one side or the other," said the letter from Alan Dayton, Intermountain's director of government relations.
Five lobbyists worked for both Intermountain and tobacco companies in the past legislative session: Curtis, Miles and Sue Ferry, their grandson David Stewart and Rob Jolley.
"We're tightening our policy," Intermountain spokesman Daron Cowley said. "We felt it was incongruous for firms to represent health care and tobacco at the same time." . . .
During the 2009 legislative session, a team of tobacco lobbyists helped derail various efforts to increase the cigarette tax by anywhere from 61.5 cents to $1.31 per pack, but the proposal promises to be back again next year. Utah's current cigarette tax is 69.5 cents per pack.
"Their role was significant," said Michael Siler . . .
Sue Ferry said her husband, Miles "Cap" Ferry, a former Senate
president, and their grandson will stick with the tobacco company.
"This company," she said, "has never asked me to do one thing that would be contrary to the health, safety or welfare of the people of Utah or my religion." ...
passes 'no smoking' ordinance
The air at the county fair will be a little cleaner this year, thanks to a new no smoking ordinance passed by the Box Elder County Commission on Tuesday.
County Commissioner Jay Hardy said this new ordinance will ban smoking on property owned by the county.
Currently, there is an ordinance in place banning smoking in county owned vehicles, and thanks to the Clean Air Act, there is no smoking in public buildings. This new ordinance will include the grounds around the courthouse, the fair grounds, and the parking lots at the courthouse and fair grounds, Hardy said.
I dont know how many cowboys smoke anymore, Hardy said, but theyll be affected. ...
snuff out smoking spots on June 1
OGDEN -- Smokers in Weber and Morgan counties will have even fewer places to light up come June 1.
That's when the ban on smoking in outdoor public places will go into effect and local governments are gearing up to enact the regulation.
A $13,000 state grant provided the funding for 530 signs, posts and other materials to put up notification in all the necessary areas in the two counties, Kristi Jones, Weber-Morgan Health Department health educator, said at Monday's Board of Health meeting.
One city, however, said no. Morgan City has refused the county's signs and does not support the regulation.
Mayor Dean Pace said the regulation came up for discussion and one
councilman wanted to pass a resolution supporting the ban, but the motion
died without a second. ...
efforts losing big in Legislature
As two tobacco tax bills languish on Utah's Capitol Hill, the $4 million fund for advertising and marketing of a smoking cessation program is also being raided.
This combination is especially disturbing to anti-tobacco advocates.
The double-whammy against anti-smoking efforts means that the tobacco giants can protect their profits and their market, said Michael Siler, of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network. He added that as smokers die off, a new crop is needed.
Ban on Smoking
with a Child in the Car Gets Second Wind
no longer allowed at Utah bars
Smoking in Utah's bars has been outlawed as of midnight last night, as thousands of revelers celebrated the new year with their last drags on a cigarette or their first breaths of smoke-free air in a private club.
The measure is intended to protect bar employees and customers from second-hand smoke, which can cause cancer.
Lawmakers passed a law banning smoking in private clubs and taverns in 2006, but it only applied to newly licensed clubs.
As of today, all bars must be smoke-free. Similar bans have been in effect in New York, California and in other states and countries for years.
Under the new law, anyone caught smoking in a bar could face a $100
fine for the first offense and up to a $500 fine for a second offense.
The state health department says bars can also be fined up to $5,000
for allowing smoking.