Which States Are Still Banning Vape Juice, And Which Have Changed

Which States Are Still Banning Vape Juice, And Which Have Changed

Vaping has recently come under fire from lawmakers as concerns about the safety of vaping increase. Most of the concern is about the flavors used in various vape juices, as many of the substances are unregulated by the FDA and may (or may not) cause health issues.

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Since vape laws are still under review, it's difficult to know whether a state has issued a vape juice ban or whether a previous ban has been overturned. We've taken the time to look at the states that have banned vape juice in the past and let you know what the current situation is (as of 18 December 2019).



San Francisco has become the first major US city to ban the sale of nicotine e-cigarette products. The ordinance takes effect from 1 February 2020 and will prohibit the sale of all vape and vapor products in the city, including online orders.


Not banned.

The total vaping ban has been lifted, but there are still restrictions on the selling and buying of vaping products. Orders are only allowed through dedicated phone service, and an adult over 21 must sign for the delivery. Only the sale of tobacco vapes with a nicotine strength of 3.5% (or lower) is allowed.


Not banned.

The Michigan flavor ban was recently blocked by Judge Cynthia Stevens, who expressed concern that a vaping ban would drive adults to resume smoking harmful tobacco products. It's important to note that this block is not the final order, and it doesn't close the case. It does mean that you are still allowed to buy and sell vaping products in Michigan.



Despite the temporary restraining order filed in October by Judge Jennifer Lint, the state has proceeded with a vaping ban that took effect on 18 December 2019. The ban is aimed at flavored products, and vaping shops are still allowed to sell unflavored tobacco vaping products.

New York

Not banned.

The city of New York has banned the sale of flavored vaping products to be implemented in July 2020. Substantial pushback is expected, and the situation is still developing.


Not banned.

The initial six-month flavored vaping ban began on 15 October 2018. Under this ban, tobacco-based products were still permitted. The Appellate Court has issued a temporary stay on the flavor ban, though vaping marijuana products are still banned.

Rhode Island


The ban applies to flavored vape juices. The sale of tobacco cartridges, pods, and juices is still permitted. The sale of hardware and accessories is also still permitted, and these rules apply to both physical stores and online vendors.


Not banned.

Judge Keith Kelly has overturned the rules set by the Utah Department of Health regarding flavored vape products. It isn't a permanent decision, but you still buy and sell flavored vaping products in the state.



All flavored vape juices are banned, and only tobacco-based products are allowed. These rules apply to both physical shops and online retailers. Hardware and accessories are not affected by the ban.


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