SALT LAKE CITY — People gathered at the Utah State Capitol Thursday morning for a rally supporting tighter tobacco laws.
When it comes to tobacco prevention, Utah is lagging behind the rest of the nation. The American Lung Association has came out with a recent report basically giving Utah an F grade when it comes to tobacco prevention.
Anti-tobacco organizations joined health leaders and students in calling for some sweeping changes that will protect the community from the harmful effects of tobacco. They said they are calling on lawmakers to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 19 to 21.
Health leaders at the Capitol said they are also trying to regulate the use of e-cigarettes.
Aaron Frazier, the Director at Utah Vapers, issued this statement regarding the Senate bill that would raise the minimum age requirement for tobacco sales and regulate electronic cigarette sales: