Vermont has a proud history of state laws and policies protecting residents and visitors from the harms of tobacco and nicotine. At the highest level, Vermont’s laws regulate the sale and purchase of all tobacco products and restrict the use of lit tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, like e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, in workplaces and public areas, with very few exemptions.
Act 22, Act 27 and Act 28 relate to the selling, taxing and buying of tobacco products. Collectively, these laws were enacted in 2019 to protect youth and teens from starting and using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. To learn more about the effect of these prevention laws, see our latest Policy Brief.
- Act 22: Retailers can only sell tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes, substances containing nicotine or related paraphernalia if the retailer is a licensed wholesaler or has purchased goods from a licensed wholesaler. Mail, phone and internet sales of related goods is prohibited unless the sale is made to a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.
- Act 27: The legal age of possessing and owning tobacco products, substitutes and paraphernalia is 21. Retailers must post signage noting sale to those under 21 is prohibited, and people who sell to those younger than the legal age are subject to a penalty.
- Act 28: Tobacco substitutes, e-cigarettes included, are taxed at a rate of 92% of their wholesale price.