Elected officials, consumer groups discuss e-cigarette regulations

Posted at 3:13 PM, Sep 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-25 17:13:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Forty states have called on the federal government to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, and at least one Utah e-cigarette vendor is on board with regulation.

Utah Attorney General John Swallow joined officials in 39 other states earlier this week when he signed a letter that called on the FDA to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products and ban the sale of them to children.

Utah Vapers is a consumer advocacy group that focuses on reducing harm from tobacco through the use of personal vaporizers and e-cigarettes. Utah Vapers Director Aaron Frazier said they already refuse to “certify” any retailer that sells the products to children.

“The first approach we take is on the retail front,” he said. “We have developed a set of standards that each member retailer has to follow, which governs checking ID’s. We basically follow the same premise as the We Card program, so if they look under the age of 27 they get carded.”

Utah Vapers also uses systems to make sure the ingredients used in the liquid, which is the product vaporized inside an e-cigarette, meets pharmaceutical and food grade standards of quality.