State Color Key:
Green: Safe to Vape (For Now)
Yellow: Anti-Vaping Legislation Pending
Red: Anti-Vaping Legislation Passed
Are Electronic Cigarettes Legal or Banned In Your State?It's important to have the latest information on all laws that affect vaping. We've compiled the latest laws in all 50 states for you. Just check out the table below:
|Alabama||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Alaska||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19.|
|Arizona||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Arkansas||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.||E-cigs included in indoor smoking ban.|
|California||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.||SB 648 (update: tabled until January), which has already passed the California Senate, has been assigned to the California Assembly Committee on Government Organization. If enacted, this bill would ban the use of vapor products wherever smoking is banned. Among those provisions most likely to impact users are those that would:
- Ban e-cigarette use in virtually all workplaces in California, including in hospitals. Violations would be punishable by fines of $100, $200, and $500. (Section 12)
- Ban e-cigarette use inside or within 20 feet of any public building or in a vehicle owned by the state. (Section 4)
- Declares that the use of electronic cigarettes “may be a hazard to the health of the general public,” and would include e-cigarettes in all future smoking bans passed in California. (Section 11)
- Ban e-cigarette use in railroads and air carriers. (Section 13)
Union City: Law goes into effect Jan 10 that will classify e-cigs as regular tobacco products. Restricting their use in public places.
|Colorado||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Connecticut||SB 990 would:
- Ban the use of e-cigarettes in any public place where smoking is prohibited.
- Because Connecticut law bans "smoking" in any tobacco shop that has changed its size or opened since the end of 2002, e-cigarette usage would also be banned in brick & mortar e-cigarette stores stores across Connecticut.
|District of Columbia||E-cigs included in indoor smoking bans.|
|Illinois||HB 2250 would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
Update 8-9-2013: HB 2250 referred to Rules Committee.
|Indiana||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Kansas||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Louisiana||HB 713 would increase the state's smokeless tobacco tax by 100%.
Update 4-18-2013: Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.
|Maine||HP 950: On May 15, 2013, the Joint Committee on Taxation gave a Do Not Pass Recommendation to HP 950. Maine vapers are safe for now.|
|Maryland||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Massachussets||Boston prohibits sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibits e cigs in the workplace.||Update 10-30-13: Bill that would ban e-cig sales to minors, prohibit use on school grounds and regulate use in public spaces and workplaces has been OK'd by the Committee on Public Health. The bill is now making its way through the Massachusetts State House.|
|Minnesota||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Mississippi||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Nebraska||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|New Hampshire||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|New Jersey||Prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces. |
Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.
|New York||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. |
Prohibits use of e-cigarettes within 100 feet of entrances of schools and public buildings.
|Update 12-20-13: New York City Council has passed a measure that includes e-cigs in the existing public smoking bans. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign the measure into law before the end of the year. This effectively bans e-cig use in all public places, workplaces, and wherever cigarette smoking is banned.
A.B. 7106 would:
- Define electronic cigarette products containing nicotine to be "tobacco products" under New York law by redefining the term to mean any product "containing tobacco or nicotine that is intended or expected to be consumed."
- Impose a 95% wholesale tax on e-cigarette sales.
- Increase New York's tax on smokeless tobacco from 75% to 95%, a 27% increase.
- Require e-cigarette vendors to obtain a tobacco retail license to sell e-cigarettes. (see N.Y. TAX LAW § 480-A)
Int 1020 & Int 1021 would:
- Redefine "tobacco products" under New York City law to include e-cigarettes and related components, parts, and accessories (both ordinances)
- Ban the display of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in retail stores (Int 1020-2013)
- Ban the sale of e-cigarettes or e-liquid in flavors other than tobacco, menthol, mint and wintergreen in areas other than an age-restricted "tobacco bar." New York City law prohibits "tobacco bars" that were not open in 2001, and thus even an e-cigarette store in New York City would be prohibited from selling flavored e-cigarettes. (Int 1021-2013)
- Mandate that e-cigarette products and parts, components, and accessories only be sod in their original packaging (Int 1021-2013)
|North Dakota||Prohibits use of e-cigarettes in almost every public and private location in the state.|
|Ohio||Update 11-20-13: HB 144 has passed the House and has moved on to the Senate.
House Bill 144 would:
- Prohibit sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.
- Ensure electronic-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products remain taxed at a lower rate than traditional cigarettes and stay outside the state’s indoor smoking ban.
|Oklahoma||Update 4-16-13: The Bill has passed the House and Senate. Awaiting signing into law.
HB 2097 would:
- Ban sales of "vapor products" (e-cigarettes) to minors
- Not tax e-cigarettes
- Not require a tobacco license to sell e-cigarettes
- Not criminalize consumers who purchase e-cigarettes online online
- Not define e-cigarettes to be a "tobacco product."
- Reduce Oklahoma's tax on "tobacco-derived" products like snus and dissolvable tobacco.
|South Carolina||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Tennessee||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Utah||Includes e-cigs in the state public smoking ban, prohibiting the use of e-cigs in all public places and workplaces. |
Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19.
Includes e-cigs in indoor smoking ban.
|Virginia||11-26-13 - HB 26 would prohibit purchase of e-cigs by minors.|
|Washington||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. |
King County has banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
|Kitsap County is attempting to add e-cigarettes to smoking ban.|
|Wisconsin||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
|Wyoming||Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.|
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