The Future of E-Cigarette Laws

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E-cigarettes are still a relatively new addition to the market in the United States. With what, it is easy to see why there are still changing laws that can have a huge impact on those that use them, or wish to use them, in public. It is important to understand the laws, especially if you see them as something that will hinder your chances of quitting a habit that surely does a lot of harm to your body.

 

Regulations On Sale

     In almost all states, e-cigarettes are included naturally as a part of the products that are age-restricted in terms of sale. The age is 18 in most states, although a few have stricter laws that cover people up until the age of 19. This isn’t expected to change much, due to the nicotine content. One problem that comes up time and time again with these kinds of products is that many people under the age of 18 can purchase e-cigarettes online without proving their age. This is likely to be the subject of changing laws as well, though, as we progress into the future.

 

State Laws

  • California: There have been many changes in California, the first of which will be SB 648, making their use banned in public places in addition to within 20 feet of state-owned vehicles, special packaging that declares the potential health risks that they pose, a ban on railroads and flights, and more. A new law has already been passed in union City that declares e-cigarettes as being “tobacco products” and including them in all current regulations.
  • Connecticut: SB 990 would in effect ban e-cigarette use from any public setting that already has a ban in place as well as ban brick and mortar stores that specialize in e- cigarettes exclusively, similar to laws in other places that require the same special licenses without being able to display them as normal products.
  • Illinois: HB 5689 is being put in place in order to require “special packaging” that more closely resembles that of traditional cigarette products. There would also be a ban on all sales until the regulations are put in place, regulations that are now being passed on to the appropriate committee, leaving them up for debate.
  • Louisiana: A current bill, known as HB 713, will increase the taxes on e-cigs by a full 100% and it has been sent to the Committee on Ways and Means for further consideration.
  • Maine: A bill was set to see the House floor that would control the taxing of e-cigarettes, but it was given a Do Not Pass Recommendation, meaning there will be no changes for the time being at the very least.
  • Massachusetts: A bill has been given the green light by the Committee on Public Health and will now face a vote that prohibits their use in workplaces and public settings, in addition to the existing bans on schools.
  • New York: New York in particular is known for having strict laws regarding smoking bans on cigarettes. That is why they are now passing measures that will not only ban them from public places, but make sure that they are labeled as “tobacco products” when they contain nicotine, place a 95% sales tax on them, require e-cig vendors to obtain a tobacco license for retail sales, ban their display in retail stores, ban flavors other than traditional tobacco cigarette ones, and make sure that they are always sold in original packaging, without the ability to wholesale, piece by piece order them, and much more to control their sales and use.
  • Ohio: Current Ohio bills are going on to the Senate for a vote and would promise that e- cigarettes are taxed at a rate that is lower than what normal cigarettes have as well as ensure that they are not to be included in indoor smoking bans that the state already has in place.
  • Oklahoma: A bill has passed in both the Senate and House, and is now awaiting a signature to become law. The bill, known as HB 2097, will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, make it so that there is no license required to sell them, no tax on them, remove the labeling of “tobacco product” and reduce the tax on other tobacco products that aren’t specifically cigarettes. This stands out as a place that has laws that are actually going to make it less severe.
  • Pennsylvania: Recently E-cigarettes have been specifically banned from sale to people under the age of 18, while also prohibiting their use in all public settings, including bars and places of work.
  • Utah: Utah already includes e-cig smoking in their state-wide public smoking ban. This also includes smoking in the workplace specifically.
  • Vermont: Currently waiting to go in front of the Senate Finance Committee is a bill that will place an additional 92 percent tax on e-cigarette products, making them some of the most taxed products in the entire state.
  • Washington: Two counties so far in Washington have stepped in to pass laws regarding the use of e-cigs in public. Kitsap County is currently attempting to ban e-cigarettes from public settings, while King County has already put regulations in place to stop citizens from using them.

 

     What changes we’ll see in the future can’t yet be known, but it is a fact that there will likely be more changes coming. Many states have bills in place that may or may not be approved, but there are likely to be more coming until the proper amount of research is done into the kinds of effects that e-cigarettes have. Once conclusive results are present we might see a rolling back, but politics are likely to play a large role in those decisions. That doesn’t mean that people who are using e-cigs should stop immediately, or that they should give up on smoking entirely, however. Pay attention to changing laws and always use the best e-juice and you can’t go wrong.

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