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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 1:27 PM

If you want to go down to the Town Pump and smoke an "e-cig," even I can't complain -- legally.

State Rep. Kathy Webb posed the following to the attorney general's office, which responded:

Q: 1) Does the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act regulate locations where the smokeless cigarettes, known as "e-cigs," may be used?  2) Are e-cigs, which appear to be a type of nicotine injection system, subject to the same tax requirements as certain tobacco products? 

 A: 1) Tobacco and tobacco smoke are not actually involved in the operation of e-cigarettes, which vaporize nicotine through the use of a battery.  These devices consequently are not covered by the Clean Indoor Air Act  which is aimed at prohibiting tobacco usage in certain public places so as to reduce second-hand smoke exposure.  2) No.  The tax requirements apply to products containing tobacco. According to my understanding, tobacco is not actually involved in the operation of e-cigs.

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