E-Cigarette Regulations - New Mexico

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

Yes.
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 7-12A-2(L) (2020);
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 2(S)

 

How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Tax, Youth Access and Use Restrictions

E-cigarette means “(1) . . . any electronic oral device, whether composed of a heating element and battery or an electronic circuit, that provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking; and (2) includes any such device, or any part thereof, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe or any other product, name or descriptor . . . .”
N.M. Stat. Ann. §§  7-12A-2(E) (2020);
N.M. Code R. § 6.12.4.7(B) (2020);
2020 NM Laws ch. 46 § 2(I)

Electronic nicotine delivery system means “an electronic device, including e-cigarettes, whether composed of a heating element and battery or an electronic circuit, that provides a vapor or aerosol of nicotine, the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking.”
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 2(J) (effective January 1, 2021)

Nicotine liquid means “a liquid or other substance containing nicotine where the liquid or substance is sold, marketed or intended for use in an electronic nicotine delivery system.”
2020 NM Laws ch. 46 § 2(O) (effective January 1, 2021)

Nicotine liquid container means “a bottle or other container of any substance containing nicotine where the substance is sold, marketed or intended for use in an e-cigarette.”
N.M. Stat. Ann.§ 30-49-2(D) (2020)N.M. Code R. 6.12.4.7(E) (2020)

Trade practices

Electronic delivery device means “any electronic device, whether composed of a heating element and battery or an electronic circuit, that provides a vapor of nicotine, the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking.”
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 57-2C-1(C)(2) (2020)

Nicotine liquid container means “a bottle or container of a liquid or other substance containing nicotine where the liquid or substance is sold, marketed or intended for use in an electronic delivery device [excepting those] pre-filled and sealed . . . and not intended to be opened by the consumer.”
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 57-2C-1(C)(3) (2020)

Use

E-cigarette means “a product containing or delivering nicotine or another substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol from the product, including a device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah or vape pen or under another product name or descriptor.”
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 24-16-3(E) (2020)

Tax

E-liquid means “liquid or other substance intended for use in an e-cigarette, not including any substance containing cannabis or oil derived from cannabis.”
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 7-12A-2(F) (2020)

Closed system cartridge means “a single-use, pre-filled disposable cartridge containing five milliliters or less of e-liquid for use in an e-cigarette.”
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 7-12A-2(D) (2020)

 

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

E-liquid taxed at rate equal to 12.5% of product value.
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 7-12A-3(D) (2020)

Closed-system catridges taxed at rate of $0.50 per cartridge.
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 7-12A-3(E) (2020)

 

What regulations are in place for e-cigarette packaging?

Nicotine liquid must be sold in child-resistant containers (unless prefilled, sealed, and not intended to be opened by consumer).
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 57-2C-1(A) (2020);
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 3(C)

E-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers must be sold in “original factory-sealed package”.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 3(B)

 

What restrictions are in place for retail or youth access?

Sale/distribution of e-cigarettes or a nicotine liquid container to persons under age 21 prohibited.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 (3)(a) (new MLSA effective January 1, 2021)

Self-service displays of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid prohibited.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 15(A)

Vending machine sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers restricted to locations inaccessible by persons under age 21.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 15(B) (new MLSA effective January 1, 2021)

Sales of e-cigarettes, that are “knowingly attractive to minors” prohibited. This includes products with packaging or labeling containing cartoon characters or mimicry of products, characters and the like primarily marketed toward minors.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 3(D) (effective January 1, 2021)

Free samples of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid, prohibited without express written approval.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 16(a) (effective January 1, 2021)

Delivery sales of e-cigarettes require third-party age verification.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 § 14(c) (effective January 1, 2021)

 

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

Yes.
2020 N.M. Laws ch. 46 §§ 5(A); 6(A); and 7(A) (effective January 1, 2021)

 

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

Use of e-cigarettes included in definition of “smoking” (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 24-16-3(N) (2020) (definition of “smoking”)), including workplaces and indoor public places (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 24-16-4) (2020)), and reasonable distances from entrances, windows and ventilation systems if places where smoking is prohibited (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 24-16-13 (2020))

Use/possession/distribution of nicotine liquid containers and e-cigarettes prohibited on school property and by students at school-sponsored activities.
N.M. Code R. § 6.12.4.8(A) (2020)

 

New Mexico e-cigarette regulations as of June 15, 2020.

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