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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).

The Smoke-Free Illinois Act was written before e-cigarettes were on the market, and does not address their use in places where smoking is prohibited.

Communities throughout Illinois are working to pass local ordinances prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes products in public places. Businesses and organizations may also adopt voluntary policies that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, indoors or outdoors, on their property.

As of July 1, 2015, smoking, including use of e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all campuses of State-supported institutions of higher education, including buildings, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles owned by institutions. Enclosed research laboratories are exempt.

As of October 1, 2015, the following Illinois municipalities have passed ordinances restricting the use of e- cigarettes in public places where smoking is prohibited: Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, DeKalb, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Naperville, Oak Park, Ogle County, Schaumburg, Skokie, and Wilmette.

The city of Chicago and Cook County have implemented very high taxes on e-liquids. In the city of Chicago you’ll be paying an extra $0.55/ml (an extra $16.50 for a 30ml bottle), and in Cook County you’ll be paying an extra $0.20/ml (an extra $6 for a 30ml bottle).

There are a large number of e-cigarette stores to be found throughout Illinois, mainly in and around the Chicago area, with a number also to be found throughout most other areas 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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Relevant Links & Articles

Illinois Department of Public Health:

(410 ILCS 82/) Smoke Free Illinois Act:

Tobacco Control Laws:

World Health Organization Tobacco Report:

Tobacco Atlas Information:

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