Table 2

Summary of terms used in definitions of e-cigarettes in state laws

StateMain Term DefinedNicotineTobacco productPre-emption
Electronic cigaretteE-cigaretteElectronic smoking or nicotine deviceAlternative nicotine productVapour productTobacco-derivedTobacco ProductTobacco substituteNicotine ProductExcludes regulated drugs and devicesRequires nicotineDoes not require nicotineMay require nicotineExcludes tobacco productsExcludes e-cigs in ‘Tobacco Products’Includes e-cigs in ‘Tobacco Products’E-cigs Included in ‘Smoking definition’Preempts local lawsDoes not pre-empt local laws
AlabamaXXXXX
AlaskaXXX
ArizonaXXX
ArkansasXXXXXX
CaliforniaXXX
ColoradoXXXX
ConnecticutXXX
DelawareXXX
FloridaXXXXX
GeorgiaXXXXX
HawaiiXX
IdahoXX
IllinoisXXXX
IndianaXX
IowaXXXXX
KansasXX
KentuckyXXXXX
LouisianaXXXXX
MarylandXXX
MinnesotaXXXXX (1)X (2)X (3, 7)X
MississippiXXXXX
NebraskaXXXXXX
NevadaXXXXX (7)X
New HampshireXXX
New JerseyXXX
New YorkXXX
North CarolinaXXXXXX (4)
North DakotaXXX
OhioXXXXX
OklahomaXXXX
South CarolinaXXXXXXX
South DakotaXXXXX
TennesseeXX
UtahX (5)X (6)X (5)X (6)X (6)
VermontXXXX *(7)
VirginiaXXXXX
WashingtonXXXX
West VirginiaXXXXXXX (7)
WisconsinXXXX
WyomingXXXX (7)
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  • (1) Nicotine required for taxation purposes, because based on definition of ‘tobacco products’.

  • (2) Nicotine not required for sales, purchase, use, child-packaging, and other protections because based on definition of ‘electronic delivery device’.

  • (3) State law does not explicitly include e-cigs in ‘tobacco products,’ but Dept. of Revenue interprets ‘tobacco products’ to include e-cigs.

  • (4) ‘Tobacco products’ definition limited to youth access provisions, and explicitly does not apply to taxation’

  • (5) Utah HB 88 (2010—youth access)’

  • (6) Utah HB 245 (2012—Indoor Clean Air Act)’

  • (7) Requires tobacco-derived nicotine’

  • e-cigs, e-cigarettes.