Kids hoping to use a fake ID to buy electronic cigarettes in Utah better brush up on their counterfeiting skills some retailers will start using barcode scanners to verify a customer's age.
The Utah Vapers Association, which represents 30 specialty stores that sell e-cigarettes, has been working with Draper-based scanner manufacturer, Code Corp., to come up with a handheld scanner that can instantly verify a person's age by scanning the barcode on their driver license. It's the same company and technology used at state liquor stores, said Aaron Frazier, director of Utah Vapers.
"It's a protective measure to take the human-mistake factor out of reading an ID," he said. "Throughout the state of Utah, there is a growing problem in kids obtaining not only e-cigarettes but all tobacco products. We want to be part of the solution in combating that."