Anyone under the age of 19 would be prohibited from entering a store that specializes in tobacco products under a bill that has passed the Utah Senate.
Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield says anyone under 19 would also not be allowed to purchase tobacco paraphernalia such as pipes or hookahs. State law currently bans those under 19 from purchasing tobacco products.
Ray says he is sponsoring House Bill 95 because of a concern about smoke shops illegally selling the synthetic drug known as spice.
The Senate passed the bill Thursday 17-7. It will go to Gov. Gary Herbert if the House approves amendments made by a committee.
Opponents of the bill question the need for stricter regulations on all smoke shops just because some stores are selling spice illegally.
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