Idaho requires vape shops to obtain permit

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Vape shops in Idaho are now required to obtain a permit to legally sell nicotine, tobacco, or electronic-smoking-device products.

The change went into effect July 1 after the Idaho Legislature updated Section39-5700, renaming it the Prevention of Minors’ Access to Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices Act.

“The changes expanded the type of products that will now fall under this statute,” the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said. “Retailers who sell any substance containing, made of, or derived from tobacco or nicotine; or electronic smoking devices, components, parts, or accessories will be required to obtain a permit to legally sell these products in the state of Idaho.”

Retailers will be subject to inspections and can be cited or fined for noncompliance.

The act does make exceptions for drugs, devices, or combinations of products authorized for sale by the Food and Drug Administration’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Examples of these products include smoking cessation products.

Retailers should request a permit application online, via telephone or by writing the Idaho Tobacco Project. If a retailer does not sell tobacco products, the business owner should select “other” as the vendor type when applying for a permit.

Permits must be renewed annually.

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