Advocates talk about smoking-age bill in Utah

Feb 21, 2019, 4:14 PM
Pictures of kids with targets are placed in the rotunda of the Utah Capitol. Brooke Carlisle with t...
Pictures of kids with targets are placed in the rotunda of the Utah Capitol. Brooke Carlisle with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says focusing on age is like blaming the victim…when it big tobacco companies ought to be held accountable .

SALT LAKE CITY – Cedar Hills has passed a law raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 years old, following the example of Lehi City. Now, the Utah Legislature is considering a statewide bill on the issue.

Some advocates say it’s the wrong approach.

Advocates filled the capitol rotunda on Thursday to talk about a bill that would raise the age to 21 in Utah to buy tobacco products.

Pictures of kids with targets are placed in the rotunda of the Utah Capitol. Brooke Carlisle with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says focusing on age is like blaming the victim. (KSL Newsradio / Mary Richards)

Brooke Carlisle with the Cancer Action Network says it’s the wrong solution.

Carlisle says we shouldn’t punish kids for buying them, we should punish stores for selling them. Retailers need to be held accountable for selling to minors, she says.

“Making sure convenience stores and tobacco specialty shops are not selling to kids. Really doing compliance checks on the local level from the health department, and forcing the penalties on retailers.”

And she says big tobacco companies need to be held accountable for marketing to kids.

“The tobacco industry spends a million dollars an hour on marketing. So to punish the kids who have been subject to that marketing, is not the best solution.”

Retailers, she says, need stronger rules.

“We think, if someone is punished, it’s a deterrent. So if a kid knows they’ll be fined, they won’t do it. But I don’t think that resonates when you are 15. That’s not how you think.”

This group also says HB 324 should make the age change on one specific day, instead of a phased in approach. The group plans to meet with Representative Steve Eliason over his bill on Friday.


Today’s Top Stories


Shortages of antivirals and antibiotics compound the stress of this year's early and severe respira...
Brenda Goodman and Raenu Charles, CNN

Shortages of antivirals, antibiotics compound stress of a rough season for viral illnesses in kids

Shortages of key medications used to treat common childhood illnesses like flu, ear infections, and sore throats are adding to the misery of this year's early and severe respiratory virus season.
5 days ago
Officials at Weber State University are considering a change to the student health services current...
Alexandrea Bonilla

Weber State University considers outsourcing student health care

Right now, the health center at Weber State provides low-cost care to students and does not require any form of insurance.
6 days ago
carbon monoxide poisoning...
Ali Litzinger

Carbon monoxide poisoning on the rise in winter months

SALT LAKE CITY — Winter is approaching and officials want people to know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Last year, nearly 200 Utahns were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.  The flame in a gas appliance should generally be blue, with some orange. If the flame is mostly yellow, it’s giving off excess carbon monoxide.  […]
6 days ago
Mark Jackson

BYU wellness students return from Blue zone with healthy lifestyle tips

Some BYU students are learning how to live healthy and happier lives from a trip to Ikaria, Greece.
6 days ago
mental health rural...
Devin Oldroyd

Salt Lake Co. Council voting to fund temporary mental health receiving center

Salt Lake County Council will vote Tuesday morning on Funding for a temporary mental health receiving center at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute.
7 days ago
Driven to Assist Season of Service by Larry H Miller....
Elizabeth Weiler and Waverly Golden

Companies around Utah offer free Thanksgiving meals and more

The Miller Foundation, Crossroads Urban Center, and Ken Garff are all offering Thanksgiving meals and other services for Thanksgiving.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Advocates talk about smoking-age bill in Utah