Health department supports efforts to ban nicotine candies

The production, manufacturing, distribution and possession of a substance known as “Spice” has been banned by the Bear River Health Department which covers Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties. Department spokesman Mike Weibel says the action came after growing concern as hospitalizations and emergency room visits were linked to Spice. Now Weibel says it appears that the Utah legislature will pass a resolution placing a statewide ban on Spice.Weibel told the Logan Municipal Council last week that there is concern about a bill that would regulate new nicotine-based products that look like candy.”Representative Paul Ray (R-District 13), he presented a bill last year which failed at the very last minute of the session because of a threat from the tobacco industry to sue,” Weibell told the council. “Well, Representative Ray has come back with a little bit more vigilance, I guess, this year. “He’ll be pushing to not only ban tobacco candies, or nicotine candies, but he also wants to ban flavored tobacco.”Weibel says, unfortunately, it is obvious that the tobacco industry is trying to market specifically to children.

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