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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 Mississippi Clean Indoor Air Act (2013) sets forth the restrictions for smoking in Mississippi, although e-cigarettes are not currently prohibited by state regulations or state smoke-free laws. However, state law does provide local governments with the power to regulate e-cigarette use. It is recommended that you check with local authorities on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in public places. It is assumed that ‘No Smoking’ signage does not apply to vaping.

There are a large number of e-cigarette stores to be found throughout Mississippi, mainly in and around the Jackson area and along the southern coast, with a number also to be found throughout most other areas of the state.

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All Laws & Regulations

Alternative nicotine product means “(1) An electronic cigarette; or (2) Any other product that consists of or contains nicotine that can be ingested into the body by chewing, smoking, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling or by any other means.” Miss. Code Ann. § 97-32-51(1)(a)(i) (2017)

Electronic cigarette means “an electronic product or device that produces a vapor that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device to stimulate smoking, and is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo or electronic pipe.” Miss. Code Ann. § 97-32-51(1)(b)(i) (2017)

Sale of alternative nicotine products or any cartridge or component to persons under 18 prohibited: Miss. Code Ann. § 97-32-51(2) (2017)

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Review Status

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Relevant Links & Articles

Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/united-states/summary

World Health Organization Tobacco Report: http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/usa.pdf?ua=1

Tobacco Atlas Information: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/country-data/united-states/

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