New rules in effect for electronic cigarette retailers in Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A new regulation effective Jan. 1 will force businesses that sell electronic smoking or nicotine products to obtain a special endorsement on their business license, according to a statement from the State of Alaska.

    Senate Bill 15, passed by the Alaska State Legislature in 2018, expands the endorsement currently required to sell tobacco products. Vending machine owners must also obtain the endorsement.

    The endorsement extends to any retailer selling over-the-counter smoking cessation products, including pharmacies, and includes marijuana retailers selling electronic smoking products.

    SB15 criminalizes selling or giving to a minor under the age of 19 “electronic smoking products or products containing nicotine” without a prescription and increases civil penalties for sales to minors.


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