Policy Documents

Regulatory Options for Electronic Cigarettes

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium –
February 5, 2013

Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) are often described as “electronic nicotine delivery systems” in scientific literature. These products, which often resemble cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, are designed to deliver nicotine or other substances to users in the form of a vapor. Many public health organizations support regulating e-cigarettes to reduce youth initiation to nicotine and tobacco products, protect the health of their users, and promote enforcement of smoke-free laws. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of e-cigarettes, their potential health risks, gaps in current federal and state regulation, and some approaches that state and local governments might consider to regulate their use, pricing, sale, and marketing.