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Spencer Cox
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 200
PO Box 142220
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 538-1000


Secretary of the Senate
Leslie Mclean
320 State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 538-1035

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Sandy D. Tenney
350 North State, Suite 350
P.O. Box 145030
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 538-1029
Fax: (801) 326-1544

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  • Sales of unsealed vapor substances (e.g., refillable or open systems) must comply with state labeling, packaging, and nicotine content restrictions including: required safety warning, prohibition on labels reflecting certain additives, maximum nicotine levels,  and child-resistant packaging.1
  • The selling or distributing vapor products to persons under age 19 is prohibited. (See Tobacco/Vapor 21 Laws section below.)2
  • The purchase or possession of vapor products by a person aged 19 years or younger is prohibited.(See Tobacco/Vapor 21 Laws section below.)3
  • Tobacco and vapor product sales must be made “face-to-face” (no internet, mail or phone purchase permitted.)4
  • Persons under the age of 19 are not permitted in tobacco or vape shops for the purpose of purchasing tobacco or vapor products, unless over the age of 18 and an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces.(See Tobacco/Vapor 21 Laws section below.)4
  • Vaping is prohibited in all indoor places exempting only (1) designated hotel/motel smoking rooms, (2) areas of owner-operated businesses with no employees besides the owner, and (3) American Indian religious and cultural ceremonies.
  • Vaping or smoking is prohibited in a motor vehicle if a child who is 15 years of age or younger is a passenger. A person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction and is subject to a maximum fine of $45.13
  • Vape shops are required to be licensed.5
  • Care providers are required make vapor products and e-liquids inaccessible to children in care at child care centers, hourly child care centers, licensed family child care centers, residential child care centers and out of school time child care programs.6
  • The distribution of vapor products is prohibited in a correctional facility.7
  • School boards must adopt rules prohibiting use and possession of electronic cigarettes on school property and at sponsored activities.8
  • Utah’s Clean Indoor Air Act has been amended to prohibit the use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited.

Tobacco/Vapor Sales Bans: All sales required to be face-to-face, effectively banning online sales.11

Tobacco/Vapor 21 Law: Federal law passed December 20, 2019 prohibits sales of all tobacco and vapor products to anyone under the age of 21 years old. FDA stated law became effective on that date. States may choose to continue with current age law at the risk of losing federal funding. Utah’s legal age will rise to 20 in 2020 then to 21 in 2021.10 Cedar Hills and Lehi already prohibit sales to persons under the age of 21 years old. Active duty military, their spouses and dependents are exempt.

Flavor Bans: Federal law prohibits the sale of closed system devices (pods, cartridges) containing e-liquid in flavors other than tobacco or menthol.

Only tobacco retailers permitted as a retail tobacco specialty business are allowed to sell flavored electronic cigarette products.13

Additionally, tobacco specialty business are restricted to locations 1,000 ft from community locations, including schools, churches, playgrounds and youth centers; 600 ft from other tobacco specialty shops;  and (with some exemptions) 600 ft from property used or zoned for agriculture or residential use.5


  • Anyone importing e-cigarette substances or prefilled electronic cigarettes must pay tax on those products upon first receipt in Utah. The tax rate is 56 percent of the manufacturer’s sales price and must be paid electronically.
  • Smoke-free tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 86% of the manufacturer’s price.9

Updated February 2023

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