More people are using electronic cigarettes in Utah, but the rate of traditional cigarette smoking has remained unchanged.
Here at Salt Lake Vapors, Adam Christensen talks to e-cigarette users every day. Christensen says he stopped smoking two years ago with the help of these devices, which heat up liquid nicotine into vapor to be inhaled.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is prepared to start regulating electronic cigarettes. But advocates say the proposal would be detrimental to consumers and businesses.
The FDA’s plan is to classify electronic cigarettes, a personal vaporizer that delivers nicotine as a tobacco product. This means merchants will be banned from touting the devices as a safer alternative to traditional combustible cigarettes.
Last week, the Bountiful city attorney informed four electronic cigarette shop owners they were in violation of a state zoning law and had five days to close up shop. Now city officials say the stores can stay open for another year—with one caveat.
As of 2012, it is a violation of state law for cities in Utah to issue a license to a retail tobacco store that’s within 1,000 feet of a community meeting place or 600 feet of a private residence.
Four electronic cigarette stores in Bountiful are being forced to close down because the city has declined to renew their business licenses for the year 2014. The city attorney says it’s closing the shops at the requested of the Davis County Health Department because they’re violation of a state zoning law.
Brad Parsons, the co-owner of e-cigarette store VaporLoc received a letter from the city attorney on Thursday, informing him that he will have to close his doors by January 1st.