E-Cigarette Regulations - Connecticut

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Are e-cigarettes in any section of the state’s statutes included in the definition of "Tobacco Products"?

Yes.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-330a (2019) (effective October 1, 2019)

 

How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Youth Access and Use Restrictions

Electronic nicotine delivery system means “an electronic device used in the delivery of nicotine or other substances to a person inhaling from the device, and includes, but is not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or electronic hookah and any related device and any cartridge or other component of such device, including, but not limited to, electronic cigarette liquid."
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-415(6) (2019) (new definition effective October 1, 2019)

Liquid nicotine container means “a container that holds a liquid substance containing nicotine that is sold, marketed or intended for use in an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product, except ‘liquid nicotine container’ does not include such a container that is prefilled and sealed by the manufacturer and not intended to be opened by the consumer”
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19-342a (a)(3) (2019)

Vapor product means “any product that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, to produce a vapor that may or may not include nicotine, that is inhaled by the user of such product…”
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-415(7) (2019)

Electronic cigarette liquid means “a liquid, that when used in an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product, produces a vapor that may or may not include nicotine and is inhaled by the user of such electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product.”
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-415 (2019)

 

Is there a state excise or special tax (non-sales tax) placed on e-cigarettes?

Electronic cigarette products prefilled and sealed by manufacturer and not intended to be refillable are taxed at $0.40/ml of electronic cigarette liquid; other electronic cigarette products taxed at 10% of wholesale price.
2019 Conn. Pub. Acts 19-117, § 351 (effective October 1, 2019)

 

What regulations are in place for e-cigarette packaging?

N/A

 

What restrictions are in place for retail or youth access?

Sale/delivery of electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product to persons under age 21 prohibited.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-344b(b) (2019) (increase in MLSA effective October 1, 2019)

Self-service displays prohibited for electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products except in adult-only facilities.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-416(b) (2019)

 

Is a retail license or permit required to sell e-cigarettes?

Yes, retailers and manufacturers must be registered.
Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 21a-415(b); 21a-415a(a) (2019)

 

What smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use?

Use of electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product prohibited in any state building, health care institution, retail food store, restaurant, liquor store, bar (except smoking sections of outdoor seating areas), school buildings and grounds, child care facilities and grounds thereof, elevators, college dormitories, race tracks, and in 75% or more of hotel/motel rooms (with some exceptions).
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-342a(b)-(c) (2019)

 

Connecticut e-cigarette regulation as of September 15, 2019.

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