Utah officials slash fines for e-cigarette marketers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah officials have slashed fines for three online electronic cigarette marketers from $1.1 million to $31,150. They declined comment on why the Utah Division of Consumer Protection quietly settled civil cases with companies that had been cited for more than 440 violations after allegedly deceiving and ripping off customers. Department of Commerce spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1zSe94o ) the agency will “let the full terms of the settlement agreements speak for themselves.” Those documents, released by the department in response to a records request from the nonprofit Truth in Advertising, indicate two of the companies simply couldn’t afford to pay more. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/14/utah-officials-slash-fines-for-e-cigarette-markete/#ixzz3M5slSWFS Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
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