SALT CITY – The state legislature hopes to reinforce recent local and national efforts to curb the use of vapo pens and e-cigarettes, particularly among adolescents.
Interim Committee on Health and Human Services chaired by Sen. Allen M. Christensen, R-North Ogden, and Rep. Brad M. Daw, R-Orem, unanimously agreed Wednesday on a bill to tax e-cigarettes ,
Michael Siler, Students Against Electronic Vaping Lobbyist, According to the bill on electronic cigarettes and other nicotine, the goal is to encourage adolescents to cease tobacco and marijuana use and reduce healthcare costs, which can arise from the consumption of e-cigarettes.
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The bill would impose an excise duty of 86% of the manufacturer price for the sale of e-cigarettes – cigarettes and other nicotine products, increasing retail price by about 50%.
"Teenagers are very prone to price increases, and a significant number of teenagers will cancel these products for every 10% price increase," said Siler.
Cade Hyde and McGyver Clark of Students Against Electronic Vaping called Wednesday's session a success.
"We know that this bill is based on research and there is evidence that it will work," Hyde said.
In 2015, Hyde and Clark founded the student group while attending Davis High School, after noting the increased use of e-cigarettes by peers.
Clark said the group has been trying to pass the law since 2016.
"There were many hurdles. … One of the biggest is just access to research, "he said. "Now we have news articles from around the country every day that show that e-cigarettes are a poisonous, dangerous product."
Earlier this year, Utah was the eighth state to raise the tobacco age to 21 at the University of Utah have reported an increase in lung disease "appearing to be associated with vapors" in recent months and more warnings required for e-cigarettes and vape-pens.
"It's imperative that we make something of it," Christensen told the Interim Committee on Health and Human Services. "We now have 17 states that have levied taxes on equipment to stem this epidemic."
Early this summer, San Francisco was the first US city to ban e-cigarettes.
"I'm embarrassed that San Francisco has preceded Utah and has actually banned steaming in the city and Utah can not help it," said Christensen.
Sen. Evan J. Vickers, R-Cedar City, said He was "cautious" in favor of the bill and believes that his education component is crucial as vaping is still considered "cool." He hopes for the tax revenue from the change if it succeeds Financing education on the effects of steaming
18.3% or nearly 42,000 of Utah's teenagers aged 13 to 17 use e-cigarettes and steam products daily.
Vickers applauded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for having made a statement about the vaping and the effort to express his perception in the Rel change community. Last week, the Church clarified the word of wisdom, her health bill, which prohibits the smoking and smoking of cigarettes.
Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, agreed with Vickers.
"The ideal is that there will be no tax revenue in the future because we would have prevented anyone from participating in such unhealthy practice," she added, adding that tax should be provided to help teenage steam use to reduce.
Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, the main sponsor of the bill, said a number of vaping studies have revealed that it is not healthy. He predicts that with increasing research, further changes could occur to limit the fuming.
"We have an industry that is going out of business because it kills its clientele with tobacco," he said. "The only way to stay in business is to win a new generation."
Ray added along with others that he would support seeing this issue in a special September session. Whether the bill is added to the September meeting or not depends on Utah Governor Gary Hebert.
Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake, said she was dismayed that it took a long time for action to be taken. However, she is glad that she and other lawmakers are planning to introduce bills dealing with Vaping. "This is just one of many tactics that must be tackled, and no one sticks to our hat as the only solution," she said.
If adopted, Utah would follow in the footsteps of other states that tax e-cigarettes. Vermont's 92% tax on e-cigarettes came into force in July.