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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices, often resembling cigarettes, cigars or pipes, designed to deliver nicotine or related substances to users in the form of a vapor. Over the last few years, these products have enjoyed a boom in popularity, thanks largely to marketing claims that promote them as less hazardous alternatives to combustible cigarettes and tout their safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness over traditional tobacco products. Because of the lack of clinical research on e-cigarettes, many public health organizations and policymakers are concerned about their safety and health impact on users.
A growing number of state and local governments have taken steps to regulate the sale, marketing and use of e-cigarettes to protect the health of users, reduce youth initiation to nicotine and tobacco products, and promote enforcement of tobacco-free laws. This page provides background information and resources on e-cigarettes, as well as options and considerations for communities and policy makers when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes.
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A 50-state survey (plus Washington, D.C.) of current state statutes pertaining to e-cigarette regulations in the following areas: definition of “tobacco product,” taxation, product packaging, youth access/other retail restrictions, and smoke-free air legislation.
2017 policy guide with options and pointers for communities and policymakers to consider when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes and similar devices.
This fact sheet provides answers to several commonly asked questions about taxing e-cigarettes and related products.