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Connecticut

State Legislative Info

GOVERNOR

Ned Lamont
State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 566-4840
Fax: (860) 524-7396

THE SENATE

Senate Clerk's Office
Connecticut General Assembly
210 Capitol Ave, Room 305
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Phone: (860) 240-0500

THE HOUSE

House Clerk's Office
Connecticut General Assembly
Suite 109 State Capitol
Hartford, CT 06106‑1591
Phone: (860) 240‑0400

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current laws & taxes

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Connecticut LAWS & TAXES

laws

  • It is illegal to sell, give or deliver tobacco or vapor products to a minor under the age of 21.1
  • It is illegal for any person under 21 years of age to purchase or misrepresent their age to purchase tobacco in any form and vapor products, or possesses tobacco in any form and vapor products in any public place.2,5
  • Sellers of vapor products must obtain a certificate of dealer registration from the Commissioner of Consumer Protection. The certificate requires a one-time fee of $75 and an annual fee of $400.3
  • It is prohibited to use vapor products in all indoor places where smoking is prohibited, including bars and restaurants.2,4
  • Local governments are prohibited from regulating vaping more stringently than the state.4
  • Direct delivery to a consumer requires the signature of a person age twenty-one or older at the shipping address prior to delivery, after requiring the signer to demonstrate that he or she is age twenty-one or older by providing a valid motor vehicle operator’s license or a valid identity card.9

Tobacco/Vapor 21 Law: Federal law passed December 20, 2019 prohibits sales of all tobacco and vapor products to anyone under the age of 21 years old. FDA stated law became effective on that date. States may choose to continue with current age law at the risk of losing federal funding. Connecticut already bans the sale of tobacco and vapor products to adults under the age of 21 years old.1

Flavor Bans: Federal law prohibits the sale of closed system devices (pods, cartridges) containing e-liquid in flavors other than tobacco or menthol.

taxes

  • The tax rate on “tobacco products” is 50% of the wholesale price as well as $3.00 per ounce and a proportionate tax at a like rate on all fractional parts of an ounce.6,7 
  • Effective December 1, 2017, and applicable to sales occurring on or after December 1, 2017, there is a 50% reduction of the tax imposed on tobacco products manufactured, purchased, imported, received, or acquired in Connecticut, for any product that the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has determined to be a “modified risk tobacco product”pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 387k, as amended from time to time.6
  • Beginning on October 1, 2019, a tax was imposed on the first sale or use in Connecticut of any electronic cigarette product at a rate of either $0.40 per milliliter of the electronic cigarette liquid contained within an electronic cigarette product that is prefilled, sealed by the manufacturer and not intended to be refillable, or 10% of the wholesale sales price of any other electronic cigarette product.8

9 Tips for Being an Advocate

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and where they stand on important issues. If you can, set up a face-to-face meeting to express your concerns. Otherwise, call or send a letter or email.
01

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through your municipal websites using keyword alerts. City officials can help you set these up.
02

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on social media and with friends and family.
03

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04

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05

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06

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to local legislation

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07

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