Tobacco use is one of the main causes of disease, death, and suffering in Utah. In addition to its considerable impact on the health of Utahns, tobacco use poses a significant economic burden.

Preventing those younger than 21 years of age from using tobacco products is critical since most tobacco addictions begin before that age.

About ninety-five percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21 – and tobacco retailers can help drive that number down by preventing access to tobacco and nicotine products. Research shows the following statistics in Utah:

  • 4,300 Utah high school students smoke cigarettes.

  • More than 70% of Utah youth who tried tobacco started with vape products.

  • 1,340 Utahns die each year as a result of cigarette smoking.

  • $542 million in smoking-related health care costs are incurred in Utah each year.

  • $294 million is lost due to lost worker productivity each year.

The benefits for retailers complying with Utah’s tobacco laws and administrative rules include:

  • Employees and owners won’t get fined, or be charged with a crime.

  • Employees and owners may gain the respect of the community.

  • Employees and owners may be rewarded by their local health department or manager.

  • Employees and owners may help reduce the number of youth who may become addicted to tobacco.

  • Fewer individuals younger than 21 will target tobacco retailers for illegal purchases.

The information on this site:
  • is an overview of Utah’s tobacco related laws and does not contain all of the tobacco regulations your business may need to comply with;

  • is for educational purposes only and does not represent legal advice.

Other tobacco regulations:

Although the Utah Department of Health and Human Services will make every effort to ensure this guidance remains current, the department does not represent that every reference to a statute or regulation is up-to-date. Please consult with legal counsel if there are questions about a specific set of circumstances and how to comply with the law.

Way to Quit

More than 70% of Utah smokers plan to quit smoking within a year. Tobacco users are more likely to quit for good when they use proven counseling programs and/or quit medications.

Way to Quit (waytoquit.org) offers free help to Utah residents in finding their best way to quit. Individuals can do this through:
  • Online coaching: waytoquit.org;

  • Telephone-based counseling through the Utah Tobacco Quit Line: 1.800.QUIT.NOW;

  • Text message coaching: by texting START to 36072.

My Life My Quit is a vaping/tobacco cessation service specially designed to assist Utah teens age 13 to 17. Parental consent is collected at the time services are requested. More information can be found at MyLifeMyQuit.org.

A little inspiration goes a long way. If you’re somebody who has quit using tobacco products, help inspire others to do the same by sharing your quit story here: https://waytoquit.org/share-your-quit/.


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