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Utah House panel passes bill restricting young people from smoke shops

A House panel endorsed a bill Friday that clarifies that people under age 19 are prohibited from entering a tobacco shop unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
A House panel endorsed a bill Friday that clarifies that people under age 19 are prohibited from entering a tobacco shop unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A House panel endorsed a bill Friday that clarifies that people under age 19 are prohibited from entering a tobacco shop unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

HB131, sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, also says parents or guardians may not allow anyone under 19 who accompanies them in a store to buy cigarettes, tobacco or e-cigarettes.

The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved the bill Friday. It now goes to the House floor.

— Dennis Romboy