Online vaping retailers pay over $145,000 to Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Eight online e-cigarette retailers will pay a total of more than $145,700 in civil fines to Vermont, due to violations of the state’s delivery sales ban and consumer protection law. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has reached settlements with 21 online e-cigarette sellers, totaling $618,250 since December 2020.

On July 1, 2019, it became illegal to sell e-cigarettes and related “vaping” products online to consumers in Vermont. According to Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, the settlements are resolving allegations that sellers sold e-cigarettes, e-liquids or other tobacco paraphernalia to individual consumers.

“My office will take enforcement action against any retailer who continues to ship vaping products to Vermonters individuals,” Donovan said in a statement.

The 2008 delivery sales ban made it illegal to ship cigarettes, roll your own tobacco, small cigars, or snuff, or order or purchase by phone, mail, or online, to anyone in Vermont other than a licensed wholesaler. Or a retailer, the OTP said. The law was expanded to include tobacco alternatives in 2019.

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