CLEARFIELD -- Through the close of business Thursday the Davis County Health Department is accepting comments on a proposed e-cigarette ordinance designed to regulate the sanitation and labeling of the e-juice, as well as keep the nicotine-laced juice out of the hands of youth.
The ordinance is to be discussed at the 7:30 a.m. Feb. 11, Davis Board of Health meeting. The meeting will be held on the third floor of the health offices at 22 S. State Street, Clearfield
On Dec. 12, the health department hosted a public hearing collecting verbal comments for the proposed regulations.
What the health board is trying to determine is whether speciality shops need to be regulated, Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said.
"They are shops where the product (the e-juice) is mixed on-site," Garrett said.
"The intent is not to prevent (e-cigarettes or e-juice) out of the hands of adults," he said.
The health board has concerns with the accuracy of the labeling on the e-juice containers, the sanitation measures being followed in mixing the e-juice, and the safety of the containers, requiring they have child proof caps and be tamper resistant.
The regulation also requires the containers provide adequate nicotine warnings, and request measures be followed to keep the product from being accessed by those who are underage.
"There are a number of issues the board felt there needed to be some regulations on," Garrett said.
To make certain the proposed ordinance does what it is intended to do, the health department is working closely with Utah Vapers, an e-cigarette trade association.
"We have been working with the health department for the last seven months and are fully supportive of smart and sensible regulations which protects the consumers from poor manufacturing standards and enforce proper retail practices to help keep the products out of the hands of underage youth," said Aaron Frazier, director of Utah Vapers.
The county manufacturing regulations include the use of pharmaceutical and/or food grade ingredients, detailed labeling, child-proof caps and most importantly the inspection of the manufacturing facilities to enforce similar sanitation standards found in the food manufacturing industry, Frazier said in a press release to the Standard-Examiner.
"The standards should provide a high level of confidence to the consumers that the liquids manufactured in Utah are among the safest in the country and have been manufactured in a sanitary facility with proper manufacturing practices. While the county regulations are still in public comment, our entire organization is supportive of this being finalized in early 2014," Frazier said of the trade association.
The only concern raised by association members at a recent hearing, is all the language health officials may want to include on the e-juice label, may not fit.
"We had a very good turnout," Garrett said of the Dec. 12 public hearing. "The response was universally positive. Some concerns were raised on how much wording could go on the label," he said.
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