Advocates Oppose Exemptions to Utah Indoor Clean Air Act

Michael Siler

(KCPW News) Legislation that bans huka smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act is on the verge of becoming law. But there’s one part of House Bill 245 that causes deep concern for some advocates, because it would exempt some existing businesses that specialize in those products, like huka bars and e-cigarette shops. Michael Siler is Utah Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked him about the organization’s chief concerns at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City.



  1. Greg Jones

    Why does the Cancer Society care about “second hand vapor”? Do they also trumpet against “smoke” effects at concerts and clubs? Do they have any evidence that the possible second-hand nicotine in second-hand vapor is harmful, against the actual studies that prove nicotine has no detrimental effects on human organisms?

    Just following the FDA definition of e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” re-enforces the appearance that the Cancer Society is beholden to their donations and the the perpetuation of cancer and cancer related diseases caused by consumption of tobacco.

    The Cancer Society should encourage smokers to switch to statistically proven electronic cigarettes, against the proven inefficient FDA approved patches, gums and psycho-chemicals (which contain more harmful chemicals in higher amounts than e-cigs) in order to reduce or ultimately eliminate the harm caused by tobacco consumption in our culture.

    But this would reduce the need for the Cancer Society’s existence, wouldn’t it?