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Brief Overview

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies e-cigarettes and all related products as tobacco products. They regulate the sale, advertising, promotion, distribution, manufacture, import, packaging and labeling of e-cigarette products based on the laws set forth in the Tobacco Control Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

In Arkansas, there are a few non-smoking laws that apply to e-cigarette use (Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act, 2006). The state enacted laws for smoke-free university campuses beginning August 1, 2010. Vaping is not permitted on school campuses, childcare or healthcare facilities (see Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-21-609). It is also unacceptable to use e-cigarettes near state park buildings. There are no current signage laws applicable to vaping, but we suggest that you abide by ‘no smoking’ signs posted at the mentioned locations.

There are a large number of e-cigarette stores to be found throughout Arkansas, mainly in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, and Texarkana, with a smaller number also to be found throughout the rest of the state.

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The United States is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The United States signed the FCTC on May 10, 2004, but has not ratified the treaty.

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