Many Young Utahns Misinformed About E-Cigarettes
Utah Public Radio - December 2, 2014
The Utah County Health Board voted last Monday to place greater regulation
on electronic cigarettes. Many other counties in the state have enacted
similar rules regarding the sale of the device. The new regulations
cover the sale and manufacture of e-cigarettes
counties adopt rules for sale, manufacture of e-cigarettes in ...
The Republic - November 30, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - More and more Utah counties are enacting regulations
to govern the sale and manufacture of increasingly popular e-cigarettes
and keep ...
restrictions placed on stores that sell e-cigarettes
fox13now.com - November 25, 2014
... that are above and beyond that" said Aaron Frazier, executive
director of Utah Smoke-Free Association, a non-profit that promotes
the vapor industry. "So it's ...
department pleased with e-cigarette regulations
Daily Herald - November 25, 2014
Utah County is joining numerous other areas covering most of the state
in creating regulations regarding e-cigarettes. Representatives have
expressed hope the ...
health department adopts e-cigarette regulations
Daily Herald - November 25, 2014
PROVO -- The Utah County Health Department approved a measure Monday
to put restrictions on the manufacture and sales of the e-cigarette
e-juice that individuals use in vaping, which uses battery-heated juice
to create a vapor for an individual to inhale.
Municipal Council discusses possible e-cigarette ban
HJNews November 19, 2014
Members of Logans Municipal Council expressed doubts about banning e-cigarettes
with little information about their harmful second-hand effects Tuesday
night and asked the health department to do a presentation on the subject
in January. Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national lobbying organization,
points to a variety of studies done in the last five years about the
dangers of e-cigarette vapor.
State observes first anniversary of tobacco-free policy
St. George Daily Spectrum - November 19, 2014
GEORGE - Dixie State University observed its first anniversary as a
tobacco-free campus Wednesday by conducting an event that also publicized
the Great ...
a quitter never felt so good, Great American Smoke Out slated ...
Logan Daily News - November 19, 2014
Jan Robinson said she smoked two packs of cigarettes per day and has
been smoke-free for 17 years, one of the hardest things she has every
done. Robinson ...
students' favorite drug? It's not what you think
The WSU Sign Post - November 18, 2014
Weber State has no-smoking zones, but it is not tobacco free. Nationally,
alcohol is not as deadly, but it is equally dangerous. Among students
18 to 24, 1,825 ...
Municipal Council to consider e-cigarette ban
The Herald Journal - November 17, 2014
However, the city's ordinance technically bans e-cigarettes already,
Akina said. ... Hyrum's city council recently discussed banning tobacco
products, including ... Council voted to ban the use of all tobacco
products outside of designated smoking ... The state Legislature banned
the use of hookahs and e-cigarettes in indoor ...
the vapor about regulating e-cigarettes
Daily Herald - November 16, 2014
Judd Carter, manager of the Vapor Pit, an e-cigarette specialty store
in Provo, used e-cigarettes for years to help him stop chewing tobacco.
I can personally say ... Madigan said licensing will restrict who can
sell the devices and the e-liquid.
filed after e-cigarette explodes
KSL Channel 5 (Salt Lake City, UT) - November 5, 2014
Ronald D. Boren claims the Prodigy V3.1 electronic cigarette unexpectedly
blew up while he used it at his home in February 2013. The explosion
sent burning debris and battery acid into his mouth, face and eyes and
caught his hair on fire, the lawsuit ...
River Board of Health considering e-cigarette regulations
The Herald Journal - October 22, 2014
With an increase in the number of people using e-cigarettes, the Bear
River Board of Health is considering regulations regarding the devices
River Board of Health to hold public hearing on e-cigarette policy
The Herald Journal - October 6, 2014
Statistics show that use of e-cigarettes among youth tripled statewide
from 2011 to 2013, according to a recent report from the Utah Department
our opinion: Tobacco-free campuses: More colleges are banning tobacco
Deseret News October 5, 2014
The university system in the state of Georgia announced that its 31
separate campuses will join a growing number of colleges across the
country that have completely banned tobacco use, indoors and out. Of
the more than 1,800 schools that have adopted similar policies, only
two are in Utah. Its time for that to change. The lobby group Americans
for Nonsmokers Rights says risk factors for tobacco use peak at ages
18-25, and college attendance could be a turning point in choosing not
to use tobacco. Tobacco use is trending downward as longtime smokers
give up the habit. But data compiled by ANR shows that the number of
people who initiated smoking after age 18 increased from 600,000 in
2002 to 1 million in 2010.
regulation advances in Weber-Morgan
Standard-Examiner - September 25, 2014
OGDEN The Weber-Morgan health board voted unanimously to set a public
hearing and to also take action on a new e-cigarette regulation at its
next monthly meeting in late October.
to consider new e-cigarette regulation
Standard-Examiner - September 20, 2014
OGDEN With youth vaping on the rise, the Weber-Morgan Health Department
is drafting a regulation aimed at extinguishing e-cigarette use among
Teens Using Electronic Cigarettes Jeopardize Their Health
UUHC Health Feed - September 15, 2014
A rapidly growing number of Utah teens are using electronic cigarettes,
an activity that has health professionals alarmed. According to the
Utah Department of ...
error by the city of Murray may close one business's doors next ...
Good4Utah - September 15, 2014
I have 200 customers a day that come in here because of iVape, because
of ecigarettes they no longer smoke real cigarettes," says owner
Grant Hiller. Murray ...
E-cigarette use doubles, smoking not declining
Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner - September 8, 2014
Utah teenagers aren't the only ones developing an electronic cigarette
habit. New data from the Utah Department of Health shows adult usage
of e-cigarettes across the state doubled in 2013. The Health Department's
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program's
Utah needs modern rules for e-cigarettes
Salt Lake Tribune - September 5, 2014
There is reason to hope that some people can use e-cigarettes to slowly
wean themselves away from their dependence on old-fashioned cigarettes.
There is evidence that switching from burning tobacco leaves to vaporized
tobacco extracts can help even a long-time smoker step down to lower
levels of nicotine on the way to quitting altogether. But bridges go
both ways. And there is reason to fear that the so-far unregulated manufacture
and marketing of e-cigarettes will introduce many people to a lifetime
addiction and fail to properly assist others who are struggling to quit.
E-cigarette use doubles, smoking not declining
Standard-Examiner - September 4, 2014
The Health Department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program's annual
... related to youth access of e-cigarettes and to educate the public
about Utah's ...
Utah AFP Fights for Regulation of E-cigarettes
AAFP News Now - September 1, 2014
E-cigarette companies are actively promoting their product in the state,
... Unlike traditional tobacco products, for which advertising is prohibited,
considering smoking ban at outdoor public venues
Price Sun Advocate - August 26, 2014
Listening to an ever increasing opposition to people smoking in public
... be careful about what kinds of regulations they pass restricting
what people can do.
County Board looks at changing e-cigarette regulations
Davisclipper - August 22, 2014
CLEARFIELD - Changes to the e-cigarette industry have come so rapidly
that the Davis County Health Department is already proposing amendments
Policies Don't Make Cancer-Fighting Cut, Study Finds
Utah Public Radio - August 21, 2014
Carlisle said Utah is succeeding in some areas, such as taxes on cigarettes
and smoke -free laws, but overall, she says the state is not faring
well. "Where we ...
shop challenging St. George in court
St. George Daily Spectrum - July 23, 2014
Attorneys for Mike's Smoke Cigar and Gifts, a specialty tobacco store
located off Sunset ... to Spice, the banned synthetic drug designed
to simulate the effects of marijuana. ... St. George restricts tobacco
sales to pharmacies, service centers and large ... Some Utah municipalities
went as far as to ban smoke shops altogether.
Utah's e-cigarrette laws be amended?
Cache Valley Daily - July 18, 2014
Yet, weren't these e-cigs designed to be cleaner substitutes to smoking?
... Though e-cig proponents are still fighting to undo some of the restrictions
and bans, ...
attend Ogden's first ever Vapor Fest
Standard-Examiner - June 21, 2014
"People say they make the (sweet) tastes in e-cigs so it appeals
to children," Michelle said, but the flavors helped her quit smoking
after more than 30 years of ... Grand Events Utah plans to host Vapor
Fest annually, depending on the festival's inaugural success.
lawmakers drafting letter in support of e-cigarette regulation
Deseret News - June 19, 2014
The committee, on behalf of the state, is in the process of drafting
a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in support of the
federal agency's intent to regulate the devices and cartridges containing
A Benefit Or Health Risk?
The Utah People's Post - June 17, 2014
Electronic or e-cigarettes are devices designed to mimic cigarettes.
The metal tubes are designed to look like real cigarettes and contain
a cartridge filled with a nicotine-laced liquid that is vaporized by
a battery-powered heating element. The nicotine vapor is inhaled by
smokers when they draw on the device, as they would do with a regular
cigarette. Most e-cigarettes claim to contain nicotine and some claim
to also sell nicotine-free cartridges. They come in a variety of flavors,
nicotine levels and varieties, all claiming to be a less harmful alternative
of cigarettes and are flooding the market.
Lake County may regulate e-cigarettes
Salt Lake Tribune - June 6, 2014
Salt Lake County may become the second county in Utah to regulate e-cigarettes,
a strategy that could result in a confusing patchwork of policies ...may
adopt stricter standards, depending on the results of a fact-finding
study now underway, Edwards said
E-cigarettes should be e-regulated
Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner - June 5, 2014
I'm OK with e-cigarettes being allowed in places you can't smoke in.
That being said, e-cigarettes should be classified as tobacco. Yes they're
technically a "nicotine delivery device" derived from tobacco.
For all intents and purposes--it's tobacco.
says proposed regulations could bankrupt e-cigarette industry
fox13now.com - May 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY Could the FDA's proposed regulations on the e-cigarette
industry bankrupt a booming business? Utah Vapers says yes. On Wednesday
working for healthy communities
Daily Herald - May 15, 2014
An e-cigarette community awareness campaign will provide education on
e-cigarettes to various organizations throughout the health district,
including school ...
Art Gallery workshops draw community support
Daily Herald April 30, 2014
Jana Smith, representing public health department reported on possible
health-related problems with the use of electronic cigarettes. According
to recent reports ...
action on e-cigarettes could help curb problems in Utah
Deseret News-by Madeleine Brown - April 24, 2014
... would regulate e-cigarettes by extending the FDA's tobacco authority
to other tobacco ... What the regulation lacks is licensing requirements
to sell e-cigarettes. ... "What that means to a local e-cigarette
shop is they can no longer mix their ...
e-cigarette retailers wary of new FDA regulations
El Estándar - April 24, 2014
"E-cigarette makers also would be banned from making health-related
claims ... proposed regulations, is its proposal to ban e-cigarette
retailers from making any ...
Why was this ad for 'vapors' allowed?
Salt Lake Tribune - April 22, 2014
I am outraged. I couldnt believe my eyes, but there it was: an ad for
e-cigarettes during Channel 13s "News at Nine" on Saturday.
first 'Vapor Fest' in Ogden will celebrate e-cigarettes
El Estándar - April 17, 2014
Smoking and vaping is also banned in outdoor public places such as playgrounds,
recreational areas, amphitheaters, fairgrounds, sports fields, amusement
sending more Utah kids to the hospital
Standard-Examiner - March 24, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- The number of children under the age of 6 who have
been sent to Utah hospitals after using electronic cigarettes is on
the rise, according to the Utah Poison Control Center. E-cigarettes
have sent 79 children to hospitals since January 2012. There were 10
such poisoning cases in 2012, 48 in 2013 and 21 in 2014 so far. This
year, Utah already has seen about half as many as all of last year's
calls and it's not even three months into the year, said Marty Malheiro,
outreach coordinator for the poison control center. "So it seems
to be rising quickly as far as a pediatric poison goes," he told
KTVX-TV (http://bit.ly/1d9kG2m ). Aaron Frazier of the Utah Vapers Association
said his organization is keeping an eye on the issue. "These (e-cigarettes)
need to be treated no different than medicine," he said. "You
got to be responsible (as a parent) and keep it up high."
Scanners For E-Cigarettes Introduced [VIDEO]
KUTV 2News - March 24, 2014
(KUTV) Age scanners are coming to Utah vapor stores. They're being voluntarily
implemented in response to recent accusations that e-cigarettes target
becoming a problem in Davis County high schools
Standard-Examiner - March 23, 2014
"We have seen a lot of e-cigarettes in the high school, some students
even have used them while in class with a teacher present in the room.
Of course we have ...
council hears airport, health department reports
Daily Herald - March 20, 2014
Smith also reported that a teacher at the high school had done a quick
survey about e-cigs in her classes. The teacher said out of 40 students
seven had ...
Do e-cigarettes need more study?
Deseret News - March 19, 2014
Has "big tobacco" inserted its tentacles into Utah's political
scene? A good effort to control a poison being made available to our
children has been stymied. No one in our state legislature spoke against
the bill to regulate e-cigarettes, but Deidre Henderson (Spanish Fork),
Todd Weiler (Woods Cross) and Curt Bramble (Provo) somehow felt it necessary
to give it "more study." ...
safety still up for debate in Utah
Cache Valley Daily - March 17, 2014
Electronic cigarettes often are advertised as a safer alternative to
tobacco cigarettes, but Utahns still have a lot of questions about their
safety. E-cigarettes provide users with nicotine through a liquid solution
that also contains other substances and flavorings. Because they were
invented only a decade ago and are not yet regulated, whether they are
safe is unknown, said Christian Stumpf, regional director of public
policy, American Lung Association. ...
passed, what didn't at the 2014 Utah State Legislature
fox13now.com - March 13, 2014
... more regulations on e-cigarettes died in the final minutes of the
Utah State Legislature. The Senate enacted changes, but it was not considered
in the House.
next door? Let the renter beware
Standard-Examiner - March 13, 2014
For the health of apartment community residents, prohibiting smoking
is a serious ... to ban smoking in units, common areas, premises or
both, if they choose to.
bill shelved, leaving sponsor 'perplexed'
ksl.com - March 8, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY A bill to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes
in Utah was shelved by a Senate committee Friday, leaving the state
lawmaker behind the effort "perplexed." A pediatrician and
others in the medical field testified of the harmful effects of nicotine,
the susceptibility of adolescent brains to addiction and the "alarmingly
high" rates at which youth use of e-cigarettes has increased particularly
in Weber, Morgan and Davis counties.
Lawmakers Kill Bill raising Smoking Age To 21
CBS Local - March 6, 2014
Reid, of Ogden, had said the proposal would bring the smoking age in
line with ... In November, New York City became the first large city
to ban tobacco sales to ...
Tobacco, e-cigarettes the same in the House
The WSU Sign Post - March 5, 2014
E-cigarettes are a controversial topic across the country. Utah holds
some of the strictest substance laws in the nation, and soon e-cigarettes
will be lumped into that category. House Bill 112 looks to make e-cigarettes
the same under the law. Changing the wording of the law from tobacco
to tobacco products would include e-cigarette and e-cigarettes distributors
in the legal obligations under typical smoke shops. This holds multiple
outcomes for local business and community at large.
Weber health director Bennion tackles e-cigs, STDs, other issues
Standard-Examiner - March 3, 2014
OGDEN -- E-cigarette use rates by youth in Weber County have increased
by 500 percent over the past two years. Gonorrhea cases jumped from
44 to 90 in 2013. Suicide is also a major public health problem in the
state with an average of 402 deaths and 4,152 attempts each year.
Evensen: Beware the claims of e-cigarettes
Deseret News - February 27, 2014
...Washington needs to get involved. The FDA needs some serious research
into the dangers of e-cigarettes, controls should be implemented, and
someone back there needs to get them off our television sets...
igloo leads to bust for University of Utah students
Salt Lake Tribune - February 27, 2014
... the woods in the Red Butte Creek area between resident housing and
Research Park. ... One of the students was cited with marijuana and
drug paraphernalia ...
Lawmakers May Toughen Regulation on E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
KUTV 2News - February 25, 2014
A national debate on the effects of e-cigarettes is taking place at
the Utah Legislature. Sable Walker, who manages Smoke Break in Salt
Lake City, says e-cigarettes "have really helped so many people
cut down. They're able to cut down their milligrams and quit this too."
no smokes please
UVU Review - February 22, 2014
The mission of NUVU is to persuade the Utah Valley University administration
to adopt a comprehensive tobacco-free policy. The mission is designed
to support the Utah Department of Health and the Utah County Health
Department in achieving the goal To create an anti-tobacco social media
campaign, targeting at-risk 18-24 year olds in Utah County. Because
our student body fits the goal of the target demographic there is no
better way to get involved than by affecting change at the UVU policy
level. NUVU stands for Non-Tobacco Utah Valley University. It was conceived
of by a group of community health majors for a social marketing class
but after support and interest from other students and faculty, the
idea has taken root outside of the classroom. In the state of Utah it
is estimated that 6.5% of young adults engage in smoking. While this
number is significantly lower than the national averages, it is nonetheless
a concern to the health of our student body the health of our community.
Utah move to hike smoking age to 21
ReporterNews.com - February 22, 2014
The Washington-based Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids advocates the higher
smoking age and argues that it could make a serious dent in tobacco
passes bill raising Utah smoking age to 21
AP - Associated Press - February 20, 2014
The Senate Health and Human Services committee voted 4-1 on Thursday
to approve the measure. It now advances to the full Senate.
Poll: Majority of Utah Voters Support Increasing the Age of Sale ...
Sacramento Bee - February 21, 2014
The statewide survey of 515 voters was released by the Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids. The proposal to increase the sale age for tobacco
is supported by the ...
may be first to go after e-smokes
Salt Lake Tribune - February 20, 2014
Paul Ray, R-Clearfield's HB112 would create restrictions on e-cigarettes
similar to tobacco regulations, prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes
without a license and ...
to Regulate E-Cigarettes Moves Forward
Utah Policy - February 19, 2014
The number of Utah kids who are using e-cigarettes is skyrocketing,
according to the Utah Health Department. Thats the impetus behind Rep.
Paul Rays bill to crack down on access to the devices by minors...
bills to be heard this week [VIDEO]
fox13now.com - February 17, 2014
The bill would regulate the juice in e-cigarettes, manufacturing processes,
ban Internet sales and ... The federal government has yet to weigh in
County Health Dept. to begin e-cigarette regulation
Davisclipper - February 12, 2014
CLEARFIELD - After months of study and feedback from e-cigarette business
owners, the Davis County Board of Heath approved the electronic smoking
County adopts state's first e-cigarette regulations
El Estandar - February 12, 2014
CLEARFIELD -- Rather than wait for state lawmakers to act, the Davis
County Board of Health Tuesday adopted Utah's first e-cigarette regulations.
The board took the action after Davis County Health Director Lewis R.
Garrett gave the board the option of either approving the measure, or
tabling the regulations in anticipation of e-cigarette regulation legislation
being sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton...
Do Aggies want a smoke-free campus?
Utahstatesman - February 11, 2014
Recently, a lot of opinions have been brought to my attention regarding
the discussion of USU becoming a smoke-free campus both for and against
USU become Utah's third smoke-free campus?
Deseret News - February 9, 2014
LOGAN The number of smoke-free college campuses in the U.S. has reached
1,812 a number that has more than doubled since 2011, according to the
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights lobbying group. Only two of those campuses
are in Utah. Utah State University is hoping to find out how well-received
a policy restricting tobacco use on its campus would be. It's a step
that could lead the Logan university to join Brigham Young University
and Dixie State University as tobacco-free schools.
to License E-Cigs Runs Into Online Opposition
Utah Policy - February 6, 2014
Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, says if you go online and read comments
about his HB112, the control of so-called e-cigarettes, one may believe
Ray wants to ...
health, school officials alarmed at growing popularity of e ...
El Estandar - February 3, 2014
OGDEN - Recent surveys conducted by the Weber-Morgan Health Department
show one in three teens in the Ogden area have experimented with an
e-cigarette. Use rates have increased by 500 percent in two years and
health officials, law enforcement and schools are continually receiving
questions from concerned parents and community members, according to
the health department.
Smoking ban talk not actually about smoking
Utahstatesman - February 3, 2014
There are two kinds of arguments being advanced for making the USU campus
smoke-free. Neither of them is any good. The first argument, advanced
by Daryn ...
lawmakers return for 2014 legislative session
Daily Herald - January 25, 2014
Lawmakers are also expected to debate proposals to raise Utah's smoking
age to 21, ... lawmaker is working on legislation to roll back some
of those restrictions.
Utah Youth install 110 'no smoking' signs at St. George ...
The Utah People's Post - January 24, 2014
Youth in St. George, Washington County are taking a stand against smoking
at city bus stops. On Wednesday afternoon they spent hanging up 77 no
smoking signs at SunTran system bus stops. A city ordinance already
exists barring smoking contained by 25 feet of a bus stop, but students
said they recurrently witnessed people violating the law, and thought
of something needed to be done
lawmaker promises fight against e-cigarettes
Deseret News - January 23, 2014
One state lawmaker is gearing up to battle the electronic cigarette
industry in Utah, ... legislation that would regulate the sale of tobacco
products to minors, as well as ... He wants to prohibit sale to minors,
as well as require vendors to obtain a ...
lawmaker wants e-cigarettes regulated like tobacco industry
fox13now.com (UT) - January 22, 2014
WEBER COUNTY, Utah Teenagers smoking e-cigarettes: One Utah lawmaker
is calling it an epidemic in Weber County. Wednesday night, Health Officials
held a town hall meeting at Odyssey Elementary in Ogden. They handed
out pamphlets in hopes of educating the public, especially parents,
about the dangers. At the meeting was a Utah lawmaker, Representative
Paul Ray, who is proposing new legislation, which would regulate an
industry that is unregulated right now.
County ranks high for e-cigarette use
El Estándar - January 19, 2014
OGDEN -- Weber County ranks high for electronic cigarette use and could
possibly hold the nation's top slot in that regard. "As far as
we've been able to tell in ...
ban makes Utah state prison system smoke free
Daily Herald January 7, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY Utah corrections officials have instituted a smoking
ban for minimum security inmates at one state prison, making the entire
state prison system smoke-free.
State University Becomes Tobacco-Free Campus
KUTV 2News - January 3, 2014
Dixie State University in St. George has become Utah's first public
institution of higher education to ban all forms of tobacco on campus.
The policy makes all DSU property, whether owned, leased or controlled,
100 percent tobacco free, including all buildings, walkways, outdoor
spaces, and ...
e-cigarette shops given 1 year to comply with zoning regulations
fox13now.com - December 30, 2013
Last year, Utah tightened zoning regulations on the selling of e-cigarettes
statewide, regarding them as tobacco products. Bountiful City says they
were unaware ...
retailers stay put in Bountiful
Daily Herald - December 30, 2013
A Salt Lake City suburb is giving a year-long reprieve to four retailers
of electronic cigarettes that were granted business licenses even though
their store locations violate zoning rules.
popularity of e-cigarettes has educators and lawmakers concerned
Deseret News - December 9, 2013
Cool, or corrupting? The popularity of e-cigarettes is rapidly expanding,
especially with teens, and marketing efforts appear to be ramping up.
It's something ...
to consider e-cigarettes
Davisclipper - November 15, 2013
CLEARFIELD Regulations being considered for specialty shops catering
to e-cigarettes will tighten gaps in marketing, labeling, packaging
County looks at regulating e-cigarettes
Salt Lake Tribune - November 12, 2013
Some vapers the term used by e-cigarette users instead of "smokers"
... that advocates the use of e-cigarettes as a tobacco harm reduction
method, said his ...
Emery County parks be smoke free?
Emery County Progress - October 29, 2013
The commissioners met in their Oct. 8 meeting and Debbie Marvidakis
asked them to consider making parks in Emery County smoke free all the
30-day use of e-cigarettes by youth up 500 percent in Weber ...
El Estándar - October 22, 2013
OGDEN -- The use of electronic cigarettes in Utah has skyrocketed during
the past two years and youth in Weber and Morgan counties are using
them more than ...
seek to raise Utah smoking age to 21
Salt Lake Tribune - October 2, 2013
Utah already has the highest age among the states for allowing tobacco
purchases 19. But two legislators want to raise it a little higher,
to age 21, which would match the states minimum age for drinking alcohol.
e-cigarette retailers set new standards as use triples among youth
Salt Lake Tribune - October 1, 2013
A consortium of e-cigarette retailers announced this week that they
have implemented new standards designed to limit youth access and improve
product safety and quality of the nicotine liquids they manufacture.
burned after e-cigarette explodes in car charger
KSTU-TV 13 (Salt Lake City, UT) - September 21, 2013
A Mount Pleasant mom said an exploding e-cigarette set her sons car
seat on fire, leaving first- and second-degree burns on the 3-year-olds
body. Seeing your child on fire and hearing them scream Help me! is
pretty terrifying, Kinzie Barlow said. ...
smoking policy soon to be enforced
The WSU Sign Post - September 12, 2013
Weber State University students who enjoy having a cigarette in the
main corridor of campus or while they walk to their next class will
soon be expected to smoke in designated areas. WSU officials are preparing
to start enforcing the smoking policy, which came into effect November
View: Have state regulate e-cigarettes
StandardNet - August 22, 2013
If e-cigarettes are going to be regulated, it should be done by the
state and not in a piecemeal fashion by Utah cities or counties. The
Davis County health board has announced that it wants to take the lead
in regulating e-cigarettes, according to Lewis Garrett, director of
the county health department. The board approved having staff begin
drafting e-cigarette regulations for consideration. However, Garrett
added that any regulations are about a year away.
Utah lawmakers' affair with big tobacco
Salt Lake Tribune - August 17, 2013
The recent dust-up over the $700,000 contract to run Utah's anti tobacco
advertising and education campaign that was awarded by the State Health
County health board considers regulating e-cigarettes
StandardNet - August 13, 2013
CLEARFIELD The Davis County health board is positioning itself to lead
the way with regulations on e-cigarettes by imposing its own rules for
the products ...
City Council Tables E-Cigarettes Ban
ABC 4 - August 8, 2013
TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Smoking electronic cigarettes in Tooele remains
a topic of discussion with no resolution. Council members decided to
table the issue Wednesday night. Theyll decide on another date to ban
or allow e-cigarettes in public places.
seeks CIB grant and discusses tobacco free zone
Southern Utah News - August 8, 2013
The Kane County Commission held three different sessions at their last
meeting. A public hearing for CIB funding application for a grant/loan
for the Alton Road ...
considers ban on e-cigarette smoking in public places
Salt Lake Tribune - August 6, 2013
The Tooele City Council is considering a ban on e-cigarette smoking
in public parks and other gathering places, based on concerns that they
contain chemicals that could be toxic to people in the vicinity of the
Kids Using E-Cigarettes
ABC 4 - July 12, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- A study by the Prevention Need Assessment
surveyed kids back in 2011 and found an alarming trend. One in 20 Utah
kids has tried electronic cigarettes. And experts say its against the
law and could lead kids down a dangerous path. Unlike regular cigarettes,
electronic cigarettes dont have the regulations or the studies to give
us more information. But health experts say Big Tobacco is using them
to target kids.
free apartments have smokers fuming
ABC 4 - June 7, 2013
LAYTON Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Tenants are being asked to quit or face eviction.
That is the ultimatum facing tenants at the Skyline Apartments in Layton.
The owners want a smoke free complex. They don't want anyone smoking
on their property or inside the apartments.
lawmakers look to regulate child access to e-cigarettes
Deseret News - May 16, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY Even though laws prohibit it, children and teens in Utah
have access to and are using electronic cigarettes, and some state lawmakers
intend to change that. As many as one in 20 students across Utah have
admitted to trying what are casually called "e-cigs" or "mist
sticks," according to a 2011 survey conducted by the Utah Department
of Health. Those students were also found to be significantly more likely
to smoke regular cigarettes. ...
super-heroes to fight Big Tobacco in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune - March 17, 2013
Out of the Smoke, the Utah Pride Centers anti-tobacco group, is
inviting young people, according to the center, "to dust off their
spandex, find their capes and get ready to take a stand against Big
Tobacco in honor of Kick Butts Day." ...
measure to tax e-cigarettes like regular smokes voted down by lawmakers
The Republic - March 12, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY A proposal to tax electronic cigarettes at the
same rate as regular cigarettes has died in the Utah legislature. The
House voted down the ...
shoots down e-cigarette tax
Salt Lake Tribune - March 11, 2013
A measure that would've taxed electronic cigarettes and nicotine candies
and made their sale to people under the age of 19 a crime failed Monday
in the Utah ...
e-cigarettes is another prejudice bill
StandardNet - March 11, 2013
I have never smoked a cigarette or anything similar, but I do not condemn
or condone those who do. I have a son who now uses e-cigarettes instead
of smoking, ...
Wants to Tax E-Cigarettes
Laboratory Equipment - March 11, 2013
A proposal in the Utah legislature that would tax electronic cigarettes
at the same rate as regular cigarettes has put the state at the forefront
of a national movement to regulate the increasingly popular devices.
Legislator Targets E-Cigarettes
NACS Online - March 8, 2013
The state representative is pushing a bill that for tax purposes would
categorize e-cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco products as cigarettes.
shouldn't be taxed as regular cigarettes
StandardNet - March 7, 2013
House Bill 372 categorizes E-cigarettes with conventional cigarettes,
cigars, and smokeless tobacco for the purpose of taxation. While I applaud
efforts to control the distribution of addictive substances, like nicotine,
through age and vendor restrictions, taxing E-cigarettes proportionally
to conventional cigarettes for the sake of limiting distribution to
children is, in itself, flawed logic; and there are numerous other flaws
with this proposal.
lawmaker wants to crack down on e-cigarettes
Daily Herald - March 7, 2013
A Utah lawmaker has introduced legislation to keep minors out of smoke
shops and to tax electronic cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco products
at the same rate as cigarettes.
Utah law bars anyone under 19
from possessing the products or anyone from selling the products to
someone under 19, but because of a loophole, county and city agencies
are not able to impose fines and penalties on those selling e-cigarettes
or dissolvable tobacco to anyone underage.
bill to stop kids from buying e-cigs includes huge tax hike
ksl.com - March 6, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY A bill is making its way through the House aimed
at preventing underage kids from buying electronic cigarettes. Electronic
cigarettes, or e-cigs, are devices that help many stop smoking. But
if HB372 were to pass as-is, it would include a tax hike on the cartridges,
even on some that don't contain nicotine.
version of e-cigarettes bill passes House committee
Deseret News - March 6, 2013
A Utah lawmaker's efforts to make e-cigarettes subject to the same tax
as other tobacco products took a hit Wednesday in a House committee.
Herbert supportive of bill banning smoking in cars with children
Deseret News - Mar 6, 2013
Gov. Gary Herbert said he is "sensitive about the overreach of
government, stepping into people's lives and legislating everything
we do," but the state already mandates seat beats and other protective
measures, and he is supportive of a bill banning ...
on smoking in cars with kids headed to governor
Salt Lake Tribune - March 2, 2013
A bill that would outlaw parents smoking in cars when children are present
narrowly passed the Senate on Friday and is headed to the governor,
after passionate debate pitting child welfare against individual liberty.
opposition, bill prohibiting smoking in car with kids passes house
ksl.com - March 2, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY A Utah pediatrician believes smoking in a car with
a child present is similar to child abuse. ...
smoking ban clears committee
StandardNet - February 28, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY A local lawmaker, who describes himself as a strong
advocate of personal rights, thinks parents cross the line when they
smoke in a vehicle ...
ban on smoking gaining supporters
StandardNet-February 27, 2013
The original proposal banned smoking anywhere on campus. ... The Student
Senate researched smoking bans on campuses across the country, and the
in cars bill advances with opposition building
Deseret News - February 27, 2013
The dangers of cigarette smoking are well documented, yet people still
do it. The dangers to children exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke
are well ...
not allowed indoors at WSU
The WSU Sign Post - February 23, 2013
Throughout campus, students, faculty and staff can be seen smoking not
just cigarettes, but electronic cigarettes. Unlike normal cigarettes,
some people will smoke the e-cigarettes indoors, which is against Weber
State University school policy. Electronic cigarettes came into
being a few years ago, said Bill Fruth, the director of the Shepherd
Union Building. We had to figure out what other schools ...
zones policy passes in faculty senate
The WSU Sign Post - February 22, 2013
Students who take a smoke break between classes might have to congregate
in specific areas, according to a new smoke-free zone policy recommended
week sees movement on 'Dixie State University' and air quality
ksl.com - February 14, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY The Utah Legislature kicked off a busy week Monday.
In the last three days, bills ranging from the name of Dixie College
to the quality of our state's air have passed before lawmakers' eyes,
and many have seen approval.
OKs bill that bans smoking in cars with kids present
Daily Herald - February 12, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A proposal to make it illegal to smoke in a car when
a child age 15 years or younger is present is one step closer to becoming
law.On Monday morning Utah's House of Representatives narrowly approved
a bill in a 41-30 vote that would ask police to issue warnings to those
caught smoking with a minor present in their car for the first year
of enactment of the bill. Following the first year officers may issue
a fine up to $45 if they catch a person with a lit cigarette and a child
in the same car.
The bill was amended before it passed through
the House to allow for a person driving a convertible to still be able
to light up as long as they had the top down.
To Ban Smoking In Vehicles With Young Passengers Passes ...
KUTV Dan Sheldon (blog) - February 8, 2013
(KUTV) A Utah lawmaker is working on a bill that would ban smoking in
cars if you ... If passed, for the first year violators of the smoking
ban would receive a ...
Salt Lake Tribune - February 7, 2013
What would your reaction be if we returned to the days when smoking
was permitted in restaurants and public places? Probably to choose not
to frequent those places to avoid the lifespan-shortening effects of
breathing secondhand smoke.
in a car with a child, protecting Canyonlands and passing ...
ksl.com - February 6, 2013
HB13 would make smoking in a vehicle when children are passengers a
... failed to be passed by the entire body due to time restrictions
of the 45-day session.
May Ban Smoking in Company Vehicles
ThirdAge - February 6, 2013
A ban on smoking in company vehicles when children are present is under
consideration by Utah legislators, officials say. The measure, sponsored
bill to ban smoking in cars with kids gets committee approval
Salt Lake Tribune-February 5, 2013
A bill to ban smoking in cars when children ages 15 and under are present
... to the list of workplaces where smoking is banned under Utah's Indoor
Clean Air ...
lawmakers received $96K in contributions from alcohol, tobacco companies
Deseret News - February 3, 2013
Gov. Gary Herbert is returning a $1,000 campaign contribution from the
nation's second largest tobacco company, citing his pledge not to accept
financial gifts from the alcohol and tobacco industries. Herbert made
the decision after the Deseret News inquired about the contribution
from Reynolds American Inc., the parent company of cigarette manufacturer
R.J. Reynolds, on his financial disclosure filed with the state Elections
In our opinion: A bill against smoking in the car unlikely to result
in fewer incidents
Deseret News - January 7, 2013
The dangers of cigarette smoking are well documented, yet people still
do it. The dangers to children exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke
are well documented, yet some parents still light up in the presence
of their kids and because they do, a Utah legislator thinks there
ought to be a law.
car-smoking ban pass this time around?
Salt Lake Tribune - December 28, 2012
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, will try anew to pass an often-defeated
bill to ban smoking in cars while children are present. ...
making another attempt at prohibiting smoking in cars ...
Deseret News - September 19, 2012
He encouraged lawmakers to support legislation that would prohibit
adults from smoking in a vehicle when a child under age 15 is present.
Utah ban smoking in cars?
Salt Lake Tribune September 19, 2012
An unlikely pair of lawmakers a Democrat from Salt Lake and Republican
from Juab County are seeking to snuff out smoking in cars.
in the Park event to celebrate smoke-free parks
Daily Herald - August 22, 2012
It has been four years since the ordinance outlawing smoking at all
public parks in Utah County was passed but officials at the Utah County
Department of ...
Lake County government campus goes smoke-free
Salt Lake Tribune - July 3, 2012
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
StandardNet (UT) - May 20, 2012
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.
County looks at legality of selling e-cigarettes at the fair
Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner - May 20, 2012
OGDEN -- County officials are examining the legality of selling e-cigarettes
at the fair. A vendor applied to sell electronic cigarettes at the 2012
Weber County Fair, but the Fair Advisory Board wanted to know if it
conflicted with current rules prohibiting the sale of tobacco products
at the event.
hookah ban in effect
Salt Lake Tribune - May 16, 2012
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
Tremonton Leader - March 14, 2012
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
Salt Lake Tribune - March 8, 2012
By Lee Davidson The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a ban on
smoking hookahs and electronic cigarettes in indoor public places
Salt Lake Tribune - March 6, 2012
by Cynthia Hallett, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
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
Oppose Exemptions to Utah Indoor Clean Air Act
KCPW (blog) - March 6, 2012
(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 (blog) - February 27, 2012
(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
Sacramento Bee - February 27, 2012
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
Salt Lake Tribune - February 23, 2012
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
KSL-TV - February 23, 2012
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
Salt Lake Tribune - February 9, 2012
By Robert Gehrke A House committee approved a bill Thursday banning
the use of hookahs and electronic cigarettes in public places, but gave
panel forwards ban on hookah, e-cigarettes
Deseret News February 9, 2012
Bradley Last, R-Hurricane, proposed to amend the state's Indoor Clean
Air Act to define the use of electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes
as smoking, ...
smoke still a problem in Utah
House narrowly OKs bill making it illegal to smoke in cars with kids
KSL Channel 5 (Salt Lake City, UT), 2011-10-20
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
Salt Lake Tribune, 2011-09-13
Heather May The Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns can continue to smoke tobacco from water pipes after all. ...
gives hookah the hook
Salt Lake Tribune, 2011-08-29
HEATHER MAY The Salt Lake Tribune
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,
Associated Press (AP), 2011-06-06
JOSH LOFTIN Associated Press
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
Deseret News, 2011-03-08
Amanda Verzello, Deseret News
The House passed a bill late Monday evening that would make it illegal
for adults to smoke in cars when children are present. ...
Salt Lake Tribune - Lee Davidson - March 3, 2011
Resurrected after earlier defeat, a bill to ban smoking in cars where
children are present passed a House committee Wednesday. HB89 by Rep.
Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, had earlier been killed on a 9-5 vote by
the House Transportation ...
to ban smoking in cars with kids is defeated
Salt Lake Tribune, 2011-02-22
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
Salt Lake Tribune - Lee Davidson - February 1, 2011
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
Salt Lake Tribune - Donald W. Meyers - September 27, 2010
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
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
Davis County (UT) Clipper, 2010-08-12
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
Deseret News - May 11, 2010
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
Salt Lake Tribune, 2010-02-24
Brandon Loomis The Salt Lake Tribune
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
Salt Lake Tribune - February 10, 2010
The Utah House passed a bill Tuesday that would ban the sale of nicotine-laced
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
Deseret News, 2010-02-02
James Thalman Deseret News
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
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
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
Salt Lake Tribune, 2010-01-27
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
Government: Meanwhile, tripling the cigarette tax is debated on the
Salt Lake Tribune, 2010-01-14
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
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
LocalNews8.com - November 20, 2009
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
Regional health care provider says influence peddlers need 'to choose
one side or the other.'
Salt Lake Tribune, 2009-07-30
Robert Gehrke The Salt Lake Tribune
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
"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.
"We will be staying with Altria. We've represented them a much
longer period of time," she said. "[Intermountain] has known
from the very beginning that we represented [Altria] and up until this
last session that hasn't been a conflict or a problem." . . .
"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
Box Elder (UT) News Journal, 2009-07-07
Rebecca Hansen - Staff Writer
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
StandardNet - May 19, 2009
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
Salt Lake Tribune, 2009-03-07
Cathy Mckitrick The Salt Lake Tribune
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.
"We knew that every agency was going to have cuts across the board,"
said Beverly May, regional advocacy director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids. "But this wasn't just a cut -- it was an elimination."
May and others lament the siphoning off of the $4 million, which paid
for targeted newspaper, radio and TV ads, along with advocacy work in
the schools -- directing smokers to the state's quit-line and discouraging
youth from picking up the habit.
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
KCPW - March 4, 2009
(KCPW News) Legislators narrowly approved a bill yesterday to prohibit
adults from smoking in a car if a child seven or younger is inside,
after voting ...
no longer allowed at Utah bars
Brock Vergakis - The Associated Press
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
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
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.