Bill regulating the e-cigarette industry in Utah breezes through committee

- SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – A bill that would place restrictions on the sale and manufacturing of e-cigarettes in Utah took a step forward at the Capitol Wednesday.

After a lengthy hearing House Bill 112 passed committee on a unanimous vote.

The bill would ban online e cigarette sales and would require sales only be done in person.

On the manufacturing side it would require the use of pharmaceutical quality nicotine, properly labeled cartridges and retail licenses.

Representative Paul Ray, (R) Clinton, the bill sponsor says his main focus is keeping them out of the hands of kids.

"Over the last two years we've seen an epidemic of e-cigarette use. The schools are calling us and saying we're seizing multiple e-cigarettes a day," said Ray.

He believes that's happening because of online sales.

"If you really want to keep them out of the hands of kids then you have got to restrict internet sales on them," said Ray.

Aaron Frazier, Director of Utah Vapers says that's not how kids are getting them.

"Testimony after testimony today from doctors, from the PTA and everybody else indicated it's adults that are providing these products to the children," said Frazier.

Frazier agrees with the need to license retailers and manufacturers, but is opposed to banning internet sales and mandating ingredients...

He says his side was basically silenced at the hearing.

"I represent 30 retail shops and manufacturers across the state. I was limited to 45 seconds before I got shut down," said Frazier.

The bill will now move on to the full House.

Frazier and other opponents plan to make their voices heard by contacting representatives individually.

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