By: Angela Garrity
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that state lawmakers are looking to adopt a zero tolerance policy for stores who sell to minors. The proposed bill seeks to pull any retailer’s license by means of the local health department for as little as one infraction for selling tobacco, vaping products or paraphernalia to those underage.
Representative Karianne Lisonbee, who is sponsoring the bill, calls it a “zero-tolerance policy” that keeps illegal, addictive, and potentially dangerous products out of the hands of children while allowing adults to keep buying tobacco.
“We do not want to affect access to adults. This is a free country. If you want to vape, we’re not going to restrict your access. But, if you are a minor, we have laws. We should enforce the laws,” Lisonbee told a committee hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday.
The bill would also require all vape shops to get health department permits and be subject to continuous checks.