Recent Vape Regulation News out of Utah

A substituted version of House Bill 415 is currently being debated on the Utah House Floor and will be voted on soon. If passed, the bill will:

  • Define e-cigarettes as tobacco products
  • Issue requirements for labels and child-resistant packaging
  • Does not preempt local legislation, so retailers and manufacturers may be dealing with conflicting legislation
  • Restricts advertising and online sales

The Montgomery County Council recently approved Bill 56-14 that bans the use of e-cigarettes in any area that bans analog cigarettes. The bill has moved to County Executive Ike Leggett and, if signed, will go into effect in 91 days. The bill also restricts certain types of packaging that can be easily accessed by children.

E-cigarette retailers and manufacturers of Weber and Morgan counties are now subject to a host of regulations adopted by the health department in late October, 2014. Retail and manufacturing facilities are now required to have a permit. Sales to minors are prohibited. Manufacturers have similar requirements to dietary supplement facilities:

  • E-liquid preparation surfaces, facility walls, ceilings and floors must be smooth, easy to clean and non-absorbent
  • All equipment must be clean and functioning properly
  • Individuals preparing e-liquid are required to follow Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Material Data Safety Sheets and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) should be available to employees and the health department upon request

Read the complete House Bill 415 text of the regulations at WeberMorganHealth.org.

For more information on vape legislation in Utah, follow Utah Smoke-Free Association.

 

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