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Vape shops could be shuttered after selling to minor under bill headed to Utah Legislature

State lawmakers are looking at adopting a “zero-tolerance” policy for vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers.

A legislative panel on Wednesday embraced a draft bill that would empower regulators to revoke the permits of retailers who disregard the age restrictions on tobacco purchases. Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, who reviewed the proposal with the Judiciary Interim Committee, said it would do nothing to keep adults from using e-cigarettes.

“This is a free country,” the Clearfield Republican said. “If you want to vape, we’re not going to restrict your access.”

In recent weeks, the vaping industry has come under increased scrutiny because of an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses across the nation.