Source:Mike Headrick, Tania Mashburn, Eric Betts and Ken Fall
Affiliation:KSL 5 (Utah)
Date:November 18, 2019
“Speciality” vape or tobacco shops have zoning requirements, keeping them at least 600 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from school, churches, parks and playgrounds in Utah. Kids under 19 can’t even walk into a specialty shop. But “mixed retail stores” are exempt from that law, meaning they can pop up just about anywhere. However, only 20% or less of their sales can be tobacco products.
During KSL's investigation, they found many specialty tobacco and vaping businesses are falsely claiming to be mixed stores. How are they skirting the law? By not properly itemizing tobacco products on their receipts.