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State Legislative Info

GOVERNOR

Larry Hogan
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401-1925
Phone: (410) 974-3901

THE SENATE

Secretary of the Senate
William B. C. Addison, Jr.
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 841-3908

THE house

Clerk of the House
Sylvia C. Siegert
House Office Building
6 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 841-3999

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Maryland LAWS & TAXES

laws

  • A person may not sell, distribute, or offer for sale to an individual under 21 years of age an electronic device, a component for an electronic device, or a product used to refill or resupply an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine to the individual inhaling from the device, including an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, or pipe.1
  • A electronic nicotine delivery systems license is required for electronic nicotine delivery systems manufacturers, retailers, vape shop vendors, wholesaler distributors, or wholesaler importers; including specified application procedures and fees.2
  • Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act has been amended to prohibit the use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited.3

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. Maryland already bans the sale of tobacco and vapor products to minors and adults under the age of 21 years old.5

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

The state of Maryland has also specifically prohibited the sale of disposable closed systems devices in flavors other than tobacco or menthol.6

taxes

  • Smoke-free tobacco is subject to a state excise tax of 30% of the wholesale price.4
  • Effective March 14, 2021, Maryland does have an enhanced sales and use tax (SUT) for “electronic smoking devices” (ESD) and containers of vaping liquid. The SUT for ESD is 12% of the retail sales price and the SUT for vaping liquid is 60% of the retail sales price for containers of 5 ml or less.

    The state defines and “electronic smoking device” as including “items such as an electronic cigarette, an electronic cigar, an electronic cigarillo, an electronic pipe, an electronic hookah, a vape pen, and vaping liquid; and, with few exceptions, any component, part, or accessory of such a device regardless of whether or not it is sold separately, including any substance intended to be aerosolized or vaporized during use of the device.”

    Due to the unclear nature of these definitions, it is recommended that retailers contact taxpayer services at 410-260-7980, 1-800-638-2937, or by email at taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov for clarification.7

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