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R384. Disease Control and Prevention, Health Promotion.

Rule R384-415. Electronic-Cigarette Substance Standards.

As in effect on August 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R384-415-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by Section 26-57-103 and Subsection 59-14-803(5).

(2) This rule establishes standards for labeling, nicotine content, packaging, and product quality for electronic-cigarette substances for the regulation of electronic-cigarettes.

(3) This rule does not apply to a manufacturer-sealed electronic-cigarette substance.

(4) A product in compliance with this rule is not endorsed as safe.

R384-415-2. Definitions.

As used in this rule:

(1) "Business" means any sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, association, or other entity formed for profit or non-profit purposes.

(2) "Child resistant" means the same as the term "special packaging" is defined in 16 C.F.R 1700.1(a)(4) (January 1, 2015) and is tested in accordance with the method described in 16 C.F.R. 1700.20 (January 1, 2015).

(3) "Department" means the Utah Department of Health.

(4) "Electronic-cigarette" means the same as the term is defined in Subsections 26-38-2(1) and 59-14-802(2).

(5) "Electronic-cigarette Product" means the same as the term is defined in Subsection 59-14-802(3).

(6) "Electronic-cigarette substance" means the same as the term is defined in Subsection 59-14-802(4).

(7) "Local health department" means the same as the term is defined in Subsection 26A-1-102(5).

(8) "Manufacture" means the same as the term is defined in Subsection 26-57-102(5).

(9) "Manufacturer" means the same as the term is defined in Subsection 26-57-102(6).

(10) "Mg/mL" means milligrams per milliliter, a ratio for measuring an ingredient, in liquid form, where accuracy is measured in milligrams per milliliter, or a percentage equivalent.

(11) "Nicotine" means the same as the term is defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. Sec. 387(12) (2013).

(12) "Manufacturer-sealed electronic-cigarette substance" means the same as the term defined is in Subsection 26-57-102(6).

(13) "Package "or "packaging" means a pack, box, carton, or container of any kind, or if no other container, any wrapping, in which an electronic cigarette substance is offered for sale, sold, or otherwise distributed to consumers.

(14) "Retailer" means any person who sells, offers for sale, or offers to exchange for any form of consideration, an electronic-cigarette substance to a consumer. This definition is without regard to the quantity of an electronic-cigarette substance sold, offered for sale, exchanged, or offered for exchange.

(15) "Retailing" means involvement in any of the activities listed in Subsection R384-415-2(14). This definition is without regard to the quantity of an electronic-cigarette substance sold, offered for sale, exchanged, or offered for exchange.

(16) "Transaction statement" means a statement, in paper or electronic form, which the manufacturer transferring ownership of the product certifies that the electronic-cigarette substance is in compliance with the standards in this rule.

R384-415-3. Labeling.

(1) The retailer shall ensure that nicotine containing electronic-cigarette substance offered for sale to the consumer features on the product package label the required safety warning stating "WARNING": This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical."

(2) The retailer shall ensure that an electronic-cigarette substance marketed as nicotine-free and offered for sale to the consumer features a safety warning stating "WARNING: Keep away from children and pets."

(3) The retailer shall ensure that the required safety warning appear directly on the package and must be visible underneath any cellophane or other clear wrapping as follows:

(a) be located in a conspicuous and prominent place on the two principle display panels of the package and the warning area must comprise at least 30 percent of each of the principal display panels;

(b) is capitalized and punctuated as indicated in Subsection (1) or (2) of this Section;

(c) be printed in at least 12-point font size and ensure that the required warning statement occupies the greatest possible proportion of the warning area set aside for the required text;

(d) uses a conspicuous and legible Helvetica, Arial, or other san serif font;

(e) uses either a black font on a white background or a white font on a black background; and

(f) is centered in the warning area in which the text is required to be printed and positions such that the text of the required warning statement and the other information on the principal display panel have the same orientation.

(4) A retailer of an electronic-cigarette substance will not be in violation of this Section when packaging:

(a) contains a health warning;

(b) is supplied to the retailer by a manufacturer, importer, or distributor, who has the required state, local, or tobacco tax license or permit, if applicable; and

(c) is not altered by the retailer in a way that is material to the requirements of this Section.

(5) An electronic-cigarette substance package that would be required to bear the warning in Subsection (1) or (2) of this Section but is too small or otherwise unable to accommodate a warning label with sufficient space to bear such information is exempt from compliance with the requirement provided:

(a) the information and specifications required in Subsection (1) and (2) of this Section appear on the carton or other outer container or wrapper if the carton, outer container, or wrapper has sufficient space to bear the information; or

(b) appear on a tag firmly and permanently affixed to the packaged electronic-cigarette substance.

(c) In the case of Subsection (5)(a) or (b), the carton, outer container, wrapper, or tag will serve as the location of the principal display panels.

R384-415-4. Prohibited Sales.

(1) The retailer shall be prohibited from selling an electronic-cigarette substance to the public that is labeled to the public as containing:

(a) additives that create the impression that an electronic-cigarette substance has a health benefit;

(b) additives that are associated with energy and vitality;

(c) illegal or controlled substances as identified in Section 58-37-3; and

(d) additives having coloring properties for emissions.

R384-415-5. Nicotine Content.

The retailer shall sell an electronic-cigarette substance to the consumer that is limited to 360 mg nicotine per container, and does not exceed a 24mg/mL concentration of nicotine.

R384-415-6. Packaging.

The retailer shall ensure that the packaging of an electronic-cigarette substance intended for sale to a consumer is certified as child resistant, and compliant with federal standards and law concerning child nicotine poisoning prevention.

R384-415-7. Product Quality.

As of August 8, 2019, the retailer shall sell an electronic-cigarette substance that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration through a Pre-Market Tobacco application or Substantial Equivalent application.

R384-415-8. Record Keeping and Testing.

(1) The retailer shall provide the electronic-cigarette substances transaction statement to the Department or the local health department within five working days of a request. The retailer shall ensure that the transaction statement includes manufacturer certifications that:

(a) the nicotine content of an electronic-cigarette substance is compliant with Section R384-415-5;

(b) the packaging of an electronic cigarette-substance is child-resistant; and

(c) United States Food and Drug Administration Approval after August 8, 2019.

(2) The retailer shall provide evidence that supports the documents described in Subsection R384-415-8(1) to the Department or the local health department within 5 working days of a request.

(3) The retailer shall have access to the documents described in Subsections R384-415-8(1) and R384-415-8(2) for a period of two years after the retailer purchases the electronic-cigarette substance.

R384-415-9. Enforcement.

(1) The Department may enforce and seek penalties for the violation of public health rules including, the standards for electronic cigarettes set forth in this rule as prescribed in Sections 26-23-1 through 26-23-10.

(2) A local health department may enforce and seek penalties for the violation of the standards for electronic cigarettes set forth in this rule. A local health department shall have authority to enforce and seek penalties for violations of public health law including this rule as is found in Sections 26-23-1 through 26-23-10, 26A-1-108, 26A-1-114(1) and 26A-1-123.

(3) The Department or local health department is responsible to make a determination as to if a person holding a Utah State Tax Commission license to sell electronic cigarettes has violated the standards of this rule. If the Department or local health department makes such a determination it shall notify the Utah State Tax Commission to revoke the person's license as provided in Subsection 59-14-803(5).

(4) Administrative or civil enforcement of this rule by the Department or local health departments does not preclude criminal enforcement by a law enforcement agency and prosecution of any violation of the standards in this rule that can constitute a criminal offense under state law.

KEY

electronic cigarettes, nicotine, standards, Electronic Cigarette Regulation Act

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

December 29, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

26-57-103; 59-14-803(5)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R384, please contact the promulgating agency (Disease Control and Prevention, Health Promotion). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.