Utah Pushing For Nicotine Caps To “Protect Minors”
“The proposed regulation would reduce the nicotine cap to 3 percent,” said Steven Greenhut, a resident senior fellow at the R Street Institute, in a blog post. “Currently, more than 80 percent of the closed-system market in Utah involves products with nicotine levels that exceed that amount. The new lower cap goes too far. Such strict regulation may encourage vape users to compensate for reduced nicotine levels by partaking in riskier behaviors.”
It is also illegal in Utah, and across the country, to sell vape cartridges to minors.
Utah actually charges individuals who violate that law with misdemeanors and other civil and petty criminal penalties. Plumb, though, still maintains that youth get their hands on vapes in epidemic proportions. He, however, cites no further evidence and appears to disregard the fact that millions of youth have turned away from vaping due to effective educational campaigns and the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.