CLEARFIELD — Changes to the e-cigarette industry have come so rapidly that the Davis County Health Department is already proposing amendments to regulations it approved in February.
A public hearing will be held for retailers and manufacturers of e-cigarettes sometime before the next Board of Health meeting on Nov. 25, when a decision will be made on the amendments. A date for that hearing has not been set.
Fewer specialty shops now manufacture e-juice for the electronic cigarettes than they did six months ago, Davis Health department Director Lewis Garrett told board members last week. Now most stores are purchasing the juice from larger manufacturers, both in and out of state.
Among the amendments is one that would drop the county’s requirement of a tamper-proof seal on e-juice containers.
Garrett told board members that out-of-state manufacturers are not required to have the tamper-proof seals and that to require them only for Davis County businesses may mean some shops would have to close their doors and would place the department in an “adversarial” position with area retailers. The child-proof caps would remain.
“I would rather keep the tamper-proof seal in place,” Garrett said.
Other board members agreed. Board Chairman Don Wood said “almost everything consumable has some sort of mechanism to determine if it’s been opened or not.”
He said the seal ensures the product hasn’t been tampered with anywhere along the manufacturing or distribution process.
Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis, the board’s newest member, also expressed concern about removing the tamper-proof seal.
Telling board members he had purchased an e-cigarette to see what it was like, Lewis said he believes the department must closely regulate the industry, with the possibility cartridges containing “liquid marijuana,” could someday be sold.
He told board members that a couple of e-cigarette shops in Bountiful closed their doors because so many convenience stores were selling them cheaper than the speciality shops could.
Another amendment being considered is the requirement that the nicotine content of the e-cigarette had to be labeled a certain way.
That required retailers to provide a conversion table to consumers.
Also, Davis County required a warning label to keep out of the reach of children and pets.
The pets clause will be eliminated if approved as out-of-state manufacturers do not have that wording.
If the changes are approved, specialty shops will no longer have to place e-juice containers under the county because consumers must by 19 to be in the store.