To: Rebecca Lockhart, Brad Dee, Greg Hughes, Don Ipson, Melvin Brown, Brad Wilson, Dean Sanpei, Jennifer M. Seelig, Tim Cosgrove, rchouch, Joel Briscoe, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Ryan Wilcox, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Richard Greenwood, Steve Handy, Roger Barrus, Jim Nielson, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Angela Romero, Brian King, Lee Perry, Janice Fisher, Larry Wiley, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Jim Bird, Earl Tanner, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, John Knotwell, Kraig Powell, John G. Mathis, Kay Christofferson, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Jerry Anderson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Paul Ray, LaVar Christensen, Stewart Barlow, Rebecca Houck, Mike Kennedy, Ronda Menlove, Edward Redd,
Subject: HB112 Substitute 3 support
Date: Fri Feb 28 03:15:54 MST 2014
I urge you to support HB112 Substitute 3 “Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes.” I am a parent and healthcare provider. HB112 Substitute 3 is about protecting children from e-cigarette use and allows the Utah Dept of Health and local health departments to enforce product standards and to identify retailers who sell e-cigarettes to Utah children. E-cigarettes are designed, flavored, and marketed to appeal to our children. These products also have widely varying levels of nicotine and other toxins due to poor quality control.
Amendments or substitutes that attempt to strip the state and local health departments ability to enforce product standards and identify retailers are the Tobacco Industry's attempts to target Utah children. The Tobacco Industry spends $33 million a year in Utah to market deadly products to Utah children.
Please vote YES on HB 112 Substitute 3 and reject substitutes that hamstring state and local health departments in preventing underage sales and unsafe products with poor quality control from falling into the hands of Utah children.
I also find the following very disturbing:
Statistics for e-cigarettes in Utah high school students:
% Adults who use e-cigarettes: 1.9%
% 8th graders who use e-cigarettes: 2.9%
% 10th graders who use e-cigarettes: 7.0%
% 12th graders who use e-cigarettes: 8.0%
Salt Lake county high school student use: 5.9%
Morgan-Weber county high school student use: 19.9%
Patrick A. Bell