State legislators are expecting to add to new local and national efforts to control using vape pens and e-cigarettes, especially among youth.
The Health and Human Services Interim Committee, chaired by Sen. Allen M. Christensen, R-North Ogden, and Rep. Brad M. Daw, R-Orem, collectively agreed Wednesday to recommend a bill that might tax e-cigarettes.
Michael Siler, a lobbyist of Students Against Electronic Vaping cigarettes, said the objective of the Electronic Cigarette and Different Nicotine act bill is to cause youth to give up, prevent them from tobacco and marijuana use, and reduce medical care prices that can stem from e-cigarette use.
He said the group’s present projections present that 18.3%, or practically 42,000, of Utah youth ages, 13-17 use e-cigarettes and vaping merchandise every day.
The invoice would impose an excise tax of 86% of a manufacturer’s value on the sale of e-cigarettes and different nicotine products, growing its retail worth by about 50%. Cade Hyde and McGyver Clark, of Students Against E-Vaping cigarettes, called Wednesday’s committee assembly a success.
In 2015, Hyde and Clark based the student group whereas attending Davis Excessive School after noticing the elevated use of e-cigarettes among their friends.
Clark told the group had been trying to pass the bill since 2016.
Beginning of this year, Utah became the eighth state to boost the tobacco age to 21. Additionally, pulmonologists on the University of Utah have reported a rise in pulmonary conditions that “appear related to vaping,” within the last couple of months, and have known as for extra warning labels on e-cigarettes and vape pens. He believes the tax revenue from the act if handed funds education about the consequences of vaping. Vickers praised The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for producing a statement about vaping and working to alter its notion among the many religious communities. Last week, the church clarified the Phrase of Wisdom; its legislation of health prohibits vaping and e-cigarettes.
Ray added, together with others, that he’d support seeing this issue in a particular September session. Whether or not or not the bill is added to the September session would depend upon Utah Gov. Gary Hebert.
Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake, stated she’s dismayed that it’s taken a very long time for motion to be made, but she’s happy they’re getting there, including that she and different legislators plan to introduce payments that address vaping.
If handed, Utah would comply with the footsteps of different states which have imposed taxes on e-cigarettes. Vermont’s 92% tax on e-cigarettes took effect in July.