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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 Iowa Smokefree Act (implemented in 2008) does not apply to e-cigarettes. While vaping is not explicitly stated in this act though, it is mentioned in others that vaping is prohibited in state-operated and owned buildings and outdoor grounds used in connection with the buildings (except in privately-owned buildings located on Capitol Complex property), on the Iowa State University campus, and on the University of Iowa campus.

The state does allow for cities to invoke their own ordinances to prevent the use of e-cigarettes though. The city of Garner, for example, bans the use of electronic cigarettes in areas that also ban tobacco. It’s recommended that you check with the local government to understand specific ordinances that may ban e-cigarette use.

There are a large number of e-cigarette stores to be found throughout Iowa, mainly in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, with a smaller number also to be found in Dubuque, Mason City, and throughout a few 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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