Tobacco

North Carolina Gov. Cooper Signs Vaping Registry Bill

Legislation implements new regulatory system for the certification of vape products in the Tar Heel State
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Gov. Roy Cooper(D-North Carolina) signed into law on Wednesday a bill that will administer a new regulatory system for the certification of vaping products in the Tar Heel State.

Beginning May 1, 2025, only consumable products and vapor products listed on the registry published by the North Carolina Department of Revenue will be authorized for sale in North Carolina, with a 60-day grace period for compliance.

“The state will create a new regulatory system for the certification of consumable products and vapor products, including the creation of a public directory of these certified products, and provide enforcement mechanisms for violations of this new regulatory system,” according to North Carolina House Bill 900.

A retailer, distributor or wholesaler that sells a consumable product or vapor product that is not listed on the registry will be faced with possible fines and a license revocation if the party is licensed. And a manufacturer would be subject to a fine of $10,000 for each individual product offered for sale, according to the bill.

On the federal level, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in March launched its Searchable Tobacco Products Database. At the time of launch, the database contains almost 17,000 tobacco products, with more than 12,000 being pre-existing tobacco products, the agency said. 

Last month, the agency unveiled its newly named Tobacco Compliance Check Outcomes database, which houses results of all tobacco retail inspection outcomes in a single location. 

The new database offers the ability to search for a variety of compliance and enforcement outcomes among both brick-and-mortar and online retailers, including warning letters, civil money penalties, and no-tobacco-sale orders, the agency said.

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