Utah Senate tentatively passes smoke shop regulations

Thursday , March 01, 2012 - 6:26 AM


SALT LAKE CITY-- Minors would be prohibited from entering a store that specializes in tobacco products under a bill that has tentatively passed the Utah Senate.

Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield says anyone under the age of 19 would also not be allowed to purchase tobacco paraphernalia such as pipes or hookahs.

Ray says he is sponsoring House Bill 95 because of a concern about smoke shops are continuing to sell the synthetic drug known as spice despite a law making it illegal.

The Senate is scheduled to cast a final vote on the bill Thursday after tentatively passing it Wednesday

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Opponents of the bill question the need for stricter regulations on all smoke shops just because some stores are selling spice illegally.

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