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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.

2014 State Legislative Session: 1/27/2014 - 3/13/2014 (Est.)

State Quitline Numbers:
1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit www.waytoquit.org

Smokefree & Related News

Smoke 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.

Should 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, ...

Enthusiasts 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.

Utah 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 nicotine.

E-Cigarettes: 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.

Salt 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

DUPUY: 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.

Official 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 ...

CUPHD 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 ...

Granary 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 ...

FDA 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 ...

Utah 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 ...

Letter: 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.

Utah's 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 ...

E-cigarettes 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."

Age 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 under ...

E-cigarettes 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 ...

MP 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 ...

Letter: 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." ...

E-cigarette 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. ...

What 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.

Smokers 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.

E-cig 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.

Utah 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 ...

Viewpoint: 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.

New 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.

Jay 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...

Marijuana-smoking 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 ...

Utah 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."

UVU: 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.

Colorado, 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 deaths ...

Committee 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.

New 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 ...

Utah 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 ...

Bill 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...

E-cigarette 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 on e-cigarettes.

Davis 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 device ...

Davis 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...

COLUMN: 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 the idea...

Could 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.

Effort 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 ...

Weber 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.

COLUMN: 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 ...

Utah 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.

Southern 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

Utah 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 ...

Utah 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.

Weber 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 ...

Latest 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.

Dixie 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 ...

Bountiful 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 ...

E-cigarette 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.

Rising 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 ...

Board 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 and sanitation.

Davis 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 ...

Should 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 time.

Report: 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 ...

Lawmakers 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.

Utah 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.

Child 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. ...

WSU 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 2012.

Our 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.

Rolly: 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 Department ...

Davis 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 ...

Tooele 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.

Commission 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 ...

Tooele 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 smoker.

More 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.

Smoke 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.

Utah 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. ...

LGBTQ super-heroes to fight Big Tobacco in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune - March 17, 2013

Out of the Smoke, the Utah Pride Center’s 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." ...

Utah 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 ...

House 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 ...

Taxing 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, ...

Utah 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. …

Utah 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. …

E-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. …

Utah 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. …

Proposed 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. …

Watered-down 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. …

Gov. 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 ...

Ban 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. ...

Amid 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. ...

Car 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 ...

WSU 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

E-cigarettes 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 ...

Smoking 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 in ...

Busy 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. …

House 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. …

Bill 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 ...

Smoking and breathing
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. …

Smoking 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. …

Utah 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 by Rep. …

Utah 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 ...

Utah 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 Office. …

EDITORIAL: 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. …

Can 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. ...

Lawmakers 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. …

Should 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. …

Skate 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 ...

Salt 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. …

Layton 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. …

Weber 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. …

Utah's 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. …

City 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 ...

Lawmakers 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

No exceptions
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 later. ...

Advocates 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 ...

Bill 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 ...

blu 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, ...

Smoking 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, ...

House 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 ...

Utah 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 a five-year...

House 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, ...

Secondhand 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
Wendy Leonard

One in 10 Utahns smoke tobacco but an estimated 17,000 children are exposed to harmful secondhand smoke. ...

Utah 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. ...

Utah 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. ...

Utah health officials proposing rule to ban hookah smoking in public places, including bars
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. ...

House 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. ...

Smoking-in-car-with-kids bill OK'd
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 ...

Bill 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. ...

Utah 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 ...

Utah 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 Air Act.

The policy will act as a placeholder. It’s expected the state Department of Health will issue an administrative rule declaring hookah pipes subject to Utah’s indoor-smoking law.

Joseph Miner, Utah County Health Department’s executive director, said the county is following the lead of Davis County, which recently enacted an identical policy.

“We’re doing what common sense tells us,” Miner said. “But until the state acts, we need some guidelines." ...

Hope for hookah bars in Davis County goes up in smoke
Davis County (UT) Clipper, 2010-08-12
Melinda Williams

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 state’s 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. ...

No 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. ...

House 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. ...

House OKs 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 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. ...

Utah 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 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. ...

Sandy 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" ...

Big tobacco kicked big bucks into Utah politics
Government: Meanwhile, tripling the cigarette tax is debated on the Hill
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 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 . . .

Health 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. ...

Lobbyists 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 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.
"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." ...

County 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 don’t know how many cowboys smoke anymore,” Hardy said, “but they’ll be affected.” ...

Counties 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. ...

Anti-smoking 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 ...

Smoking no longer allowed at Utah bars
AP, 2009-01-01
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 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.

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