Health department concerned about candy-like tobacco products

Responding to the H1N1 pandemic was just one of the challenges for the Bear River Health Department in 2010 according to Jill Parker, public information director who presented the department’s annual report to the Cache County Council last week.Parker says after numerous incidents from all over the district the Department adopted an ordinance banning a substance commonly referred to as Spice. She says a new concern is the fact that tobacco companies are marketing products that look like candy.”In a child’s pocket or in their backpack, it would be difficult for anyone to note whether it was a pack of gum or a tobacco product,” Parker explained to the council. “They’re smokeless tobacco products. “The bill that entered the legislature last year did not pass in the final hours. Representative (Paul) Ray (R-Clinton) will be entering a similar bill during this legislative session.”Parker will be presenting her report to the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night.

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