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) (2020)

 

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) (2020)

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) (2020)

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) (2020)

Tax provisions:

Vapor product means “any nonlighted, noncombustible product that employs a mechanical heating element, batter, 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) (2020)

Consumable product means “any 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) (2020)

 

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) (2020)

 

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) (2020)

 

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) (2020)

Vending machine sales of vapor products restricted to locations inaccessible to minors or where controlled by owner.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(b1) (2020)

Purchase of vapor products by persons under age 18 prohibited.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(c) (2020)

Sample vapor products may only be distributed in a “qualified adult-only facility.”
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-113.35(a2)(3) (2020)

Internet distribution of vapor products requires third-party age verification.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-313(b2) (2020)

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) (2020)

 

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

No

 

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) (2020)

Use of e-cigarettes prohibited at Family Child Care Homes.
10A N.C. Admin. Code 9.1719(a)(10) (2020)

Sale/distribution/use of vapor products in State Correctional facilities prohibited.
N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-258.1(c); 148-23.1(b), (b1) (2020)

E-cigarette use prohibited on school property and at school sponsored events.
N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-407 (2020) (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 September 15, 2020.

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