Electronic Cigarettes Sales a Smokin’ Hot Topic for Kansas Legislators

In the final days of the 2012 Kansas Legislative session the House and Senate passed House Bill 2324, making it unlawful to sell, furnish, or distribute electronic cigarettes to anyone who is under 18 years of age. The law also stipulates that it is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess, attempt to possess, purchase, or distribute electronic cigarettes. The law became effective July 1, 2012.

An electronic cigarette is a battery powered device that can provide inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution by means of cartridges or other chemical delivery system.  The law applies to all such devices that deliver nicotine, whether they are shaped like cigarettes or not.

Electronic Cigarette Law

In addition to prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes, it is now required by law that retailers display the following mandate:  “By law, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and tobacco products may be sold only to persons 18 years of age or older.”

In the past, these electronic cigarettes have been available at self-service kiosks in shopping centers and other retail businesses which provided easy access to minors. The passage of this law is a victory for those who are working to keep cigarettes and other tobacco products from being sold to children.

For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Revenue/Alcoholic Beverage Control website: http://www.ksrevenue.org/bustaxtypescig.html.

The retailer display notice can be downloaded at:
http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/CG-40E.pdf  (English version)
http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/CG-40S.pdf  (Spanish version)