E-Cigarette Regulations - North Carolina

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

Yes.
N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-313(a)(4); 105-113.4(11a); 148-23.1(d)(2) (2021)

 

How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Sales/Distribution restrictions

Vapor product means “any noncombustible product that employs a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit regardless of shape or size and that can be used to heat a liquid nicotine solution contained in a vapor cartridge. The term includes an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, and electronic pipe.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-313(a)(5), 14-401.18A(a)(4); 148-23.1(d)(3) (2021)

Tobacco product means “any product that contains tobacco and is intended for human consumption…[including] a tobacco-derived product, vapor product, or components of a vapor product.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(a)(4) (2021)

Tobacco products means “[c]igars, cigarettes, snuff, loose tobacco, or similar goods made with any part of the tobacco plant that are prepared or used for smoking, chewing, dipping or other personal use. The term includes vapor products.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 148-23.1(d)(2) (2021)

E-liquid means “[a] liquid product, whether or not it contains nicotine, that is intended to be vaporized and inhaled using a vapor product.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-401.18A(a)(2) (2021)

E-liquid container means “a bottle or other container of e-liquid [except] a container [that] is pre-filled and sealed by the manufacturer and is not intended to be opened by the consumer.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-401.18A(a)(3) (2021)

Tax provisions:

Vapor product means “[a]ny nonlighted, noncombustible product that employs a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit regardless of shape or size and that can be used to produce vapor from nicotine in a solution [including] any vapor cartridge or other container of nicotine...intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or similar product or device.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.4(13a) (2021)

Consumable product means “[a]ny nicotine liquid solution or other material containing nicotine that is depleted as a vapor product is used.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.4(1k) (2021)

Tobacco product means “[a] cigarette, a cigar, or any other product that contains tobacco and is intended for inhalation or oral use. The term includes a vapor product.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.4(11a) (2021)

 

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

Vapor products taxed at rate of $0.05/fluid ml. of consumable product.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.35(a1) (2021)

 

What regulations are in place for e-cigarette packaging?

E-liquid products containing nicotine must be sold in child-resistant containers and must state the product contains nicotine.
N.C. Gen Stat. § 14-401.18A(b)–(c) (2021)

 

What restrictions are in place for retail or youth access?

Sale/distribution of vapor products to persons under age 18 prohibited.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(b) (2021)

Vending machine sales of vapor products restricted to locations inaccessible to minors or where controlled by owner.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(b1) (2021)

Purchase of vapor products by persons under age 18 prohibited.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(c) (2021)

Sample vapor products may only be distributed in a “qualified adult-only facility.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.35(a2)(3) (2021)

Internet distribution of vapor products requires third-party age verification.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(b2) (2021)

Delivery sellers of vapor products must obtain a license and file with the state a memo or copy of the invoice for each such sale each month.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.4F(b)-(c) (2021)

 

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

Yes.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.36 (a) (wholesale and retail) (2021)

 

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

Use of e-cigarettes prohibited at child care centers.
10A N.C. Admin. Code 9.0604(h) (2021)

Use of e-cigarettes prohibited at Family Child Care Homes.
10A N.C. Admin. Code 9.1719(a)(10) (2021)

Sale/distribution/use of vapor products in State Correctional facilities prohibited.
N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-258.1(c); 148-23.1(b), (b1) (2021)

E-cigarette use prohibited on school property and at school sponsored events.
N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-407 (2021) (requiring tobacco-free policy); DEP'T PUB. INST., Preventing and Reducing E-cigarette Use and Other Tobacco Use among Students February 21, 2020 (specifying tobacco-free policies must prohibit use of e-cigarettes)

 

North Carolina e-cigarette regulations as of June 15, 2021.

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