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Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation Tuesday imposing new regulations on the liquids used in e-cigarettes and the businesses that sell them, despite a push from a national group that blasted an exemption for Big Tobacco.

Herbert also signed a bill creating a statewide white-collar crime registry; another allowing terminally ill patients to try treatments that have not been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, and 39 others.

HB415 requires sellers of e-cigarettes to be licensed by the state, imposes labeling and quality-control requirements on the liquids used in the vaporizers, and requires child-proof caps on the bottles of e-juice. The Utah Health Department will craft the labeling requirements in coming months.

"Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful, addictive substances," Herbert said in a statement. "As marketing and sales of e-cigarettes increase, taxation and regulations similar to those imposed on traditional tobacco products should be enforced to protect public health."

Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, wrote to the governor, urging him to veto the bill because the new regulations exempt sealed e-cigarettes — which are almost entirely manufactured by the nation's major tobacco companies.

Exempting Big Tobacco, Conley wrote, put other e-cigarette makers at a competitive disadvantage.

But Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, sponsor of the bill, said young children can't consume the liquid in sealed e-cigarettes and the devices aren't marketed to children the way the liquids for refillable e-cigarettes can be.

The local e-cigarette association did not join in calling for a veto, saying they supported about 80 percent of what they wanted in the bill.

The Utah Health Department has until the end of the year to formulate labeling requirements.

Other bills • HB378 allows the creation of a new white-collar crime offender registry that will be administered by the attorney general's office and is designed to help consumers avoid scam artists.

It will cost about $50,000 to get the registry running. Those convicted of white-collar crimes within the last decade will not be put on the registry if they have complied with court orders and paid their restitution. Businesses or individuals on the registry can petition to have their names removed.

"Whether a criminal wears a white collar or a blue collar, I am a strong supporter of protecting the consumer and the public from fraud and predatory practices," Herbert said. "This bill helps us do that and I'm proud to sign it."

HB94 will allow terminally ill patients who have exhausted other treatments and have a recommendation from a doctor to try experimental drugs and treatments not approved by the FDA. Supporters contend that FDA approval takes too long and experimental treatments may provide relief to dying patients. Critics contend it could expose patients to potentially dangerous treatments.

Several states have passed similar legislation and 25 others are considering measures that are backed nationwide by the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Arizona. President Jonathan Johnson, who is expected to run against Herbert, also supported the bill.

The governor also signed HB104, which allows people to participate in a cow-sharing program to get raw milk, and HB261, which requires reporting information about events where "horse-tripping," or lassoing the animals legs, occurs.