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Daniel McKee
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2080
Fax: (401) 222-8096


John Fleming
Secretary of the Senate and Deputy Chief of Staff
State House, Room 220
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 276-2555

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Rhode Island LAWS & TAXES


  • Sales and distribution of vapor products to persons under 21 years of age is prohibited.1,2
  • Purchase and public possession/use of vapor products by persons under 21 years of age is prohibited.1,3
  • A retail license or permit is required to sell vapor products.4
  • Possession of vapor products by visitors is prohibited in all Rhode Island Department of Corrections facilities.5
  • Schools must prohibit the on-premises use of vapor products.6
  • Rhode Island’s Clean Indoor Air Act has been amended to prohibit the use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited.7

Tobacco/Vapor Sales Bans:

Retailers, including online sellers, must acquire a license to sell vapor products, which could cause many to refuse to ship to customers in the state.10

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. Barrington and Central Falls already prohibit the sale of tobacco and vapor products to persons under the age of 21 years old.

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

The sale of e-cigarettes in flavors other than “tobacco” flavor or unflavored is prohibited in the state. This includes both face-to-face and online sales. The law does not include tobacco (flavored cigarettes are banned at the federal level), marijuana products or other nicotine products. 10

Municipalities with their own flavor ban are Barrington, Central Falls, Johnston, Middletown, Providence and Woonsocket prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco except for certain types of retailers, such as tobacco retailers that receive a certain proportion of their revenue from tobacco, tobacco/smoking bars, e-cigarette establishments, adult-only retailers and/or liquor stores.9

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