As Utah public health continues to investigate cases of severe lung disease in people who vape nicotine or THC products, the Bear River Health Department encourages individuals to seek out a proven treatment option to help them quit. Many of these services are available for FREE and can be easily accessed in the convenience of your own home.

The Utah Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is a free telephone-coaching program that can help vapers end their addiction. A trained coach will talk participants through the process of developing a personalized quit plan. They will also discuss options for medication including free Nicotine Replacement Therapy for eligible callers. Participants who elect to visit waytoquit.org and enroll in the online coaching will receive similar services. Or if a more traditional class meets your needs, the health department offers those as well. Click here to register.

E-cigarettes are still a relatively new product and additional research is needed to better understand the dangers and long-term risks of using them. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that if you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, you should not start. Additionally youth, young adults, or pregnant women should not use them. The US Surgeon General advises parents to talk to their teen about e-cigarettes. Since some e-cigarettes resemble ordinary household items such as USB flash drives, pens, flashlights and others have unique shapes, it can be hard to know if your child is using. A natural conversation will increase the likelihood your teen will listen.

The seriousness and potential threat to public health from unknown suppliers and questionable product require our immediate attention. Utahns are urged to use caution when considering vaping, including THC cartridges, as the safety of these products has not been demonstrated. To find the latest updates from the CDC on severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products, click HERE. To get the latest in local updates from the Utah Department of Health, click HERE.

FOR RETAILERS: Federal Tobacco Age 21 Law

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21. More information can be found at utahtobaccolaws.org.
On January 1, 2020 the Utah Office of Administrative Rules published a proposed new rule R384-418 – Electronic-Cigarette Mandatory Nicotine Warning Signage and Sale Restrictions filed by the Utah Department of Health. The proposed new rule will require all tobacco retailers that choose to sell electronic-cigarette products or electronic-cigarette substances to display mandatory nicotine warning signs and will restrict the sale of flavored electronic-cigarette products and electronic-cigarette substances to age-restricted retail tobacco specialty businesses. 
 
The Utah Department of Health is seeking public comment on the proposed rule until the close of business on Friday February 28, 2020. Please send written comments to tobaccorulescomments@utah.gov or to the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Utah Department of Health, PO Box 142106, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2106. Please be aware that each comment will receive a written response and will become a part of the public record. UDOH will keep contact information confidential.  
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday January 22, 2020 from 9:00am-11:00am at the Utah Department of Health Cannon Building in Room 125, located at 288 North 1460 West, Salt Lake City, UT.  

More information about the rule and digital versions of the nicotine warning signage in both English and Spanish can be found here:  http://utahtobaccolaws.org/proposed-new-rule-r384-418/