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Electronic Cigarette Laws


About this dataset:

Electronic cigarettes, which are more commonly known as e-cigarettes, are an alternative method to smoking traditional, combustible cigarettes that deliver nicotine or other substances to users in the form of vapor. Since entering the U.S. market in 2006, sales of e-cigarettes have increased exponentially and state and federal lawmakers have enacted laws addressing sale, use, and packaging requirements for the products.

This map shows U.S. federal and state laws that regulate the required age for purchase, possession, and use of e-cigarettes, product definitions for e-cigarettes, nicotine ingredient requirements and whether states include e-cigarette use in their definition of “smoking.” It also includes sale and use location restrictions, licensing requirements, as well as product packaging and online purchasing requirements.

This resource identifies and displays key features of electronic cigarette laws across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. federal law in effect from August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2017.

Dataset Created by
Policy Surveillance Program Staff

Dataset Maintained by
Policy Surveillance Program Staff

Dataset Valid From
August 1, 2016

Dataset Updated Through
August 1, 2017

Total Jurisdictions Covered

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Cite this dataset

Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (2016). Electronic Cigarettes Laws. 

Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (October 2016). “Electronic Cigarettes Laws”.
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