North Carolina Introduces Vape Product Registry with New Law

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) has signed a bill into law that establishes a new regulatory system for certifying vaping products in the state. The legislation, known as House Bill 900, aims to create a registry of authorized consumable and vapor products, which will be the only products allowed for sale in North Carolina starting May 1, 2025.

Compliance and Enforcement Measures

The North Carolina Department of Revenue will publish the registry, and retailers, distributors, and wholesalers will have a 60-day grace period to ensure compliance with the new regulations. Those who sell products not listed on the registry may face fines and license revocations if they are licensed. Manufacturers found in violation of the law will be subject to a $10,000 fine for each non-compliant product offered for sale.

Federal Efforts to Regulate Tobacco Products

This state-level legislation comes as the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has recently launched its Searchable Tobacco Products Database at the federal level. The database currently contains nearly 17,000 tobacco products, with over 12,000 being pre-existing products. Additionally, the agency has introduced the Tobacco Compliance Check Outcomes database, which consolidates results of all tobacco retail inspection outcomes, including warning letters, civil money penalties, and no-tobacco-sale orders for both brick-and-mortar and online retailers.

Implications for the Vaping Industry

The new North Carolina law and the FDA’s efforts to regulate tobacco products demonstrate a growing trend towards increased oversight of the vaping industry. As more states and federal agencies implement stricter regulations, vape product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers will need to navigate an increasingly complex legal landscape to ensure compliance and avoid penalties.

Source: Vaping regulations, DMV changes among bills signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper

Matthew Ma