If you want to go down to the Town Pump and smoke an “e-cig,” even I can’t complain — legally.
State Rep. Kathy Webb posed the following to the attorney general’s office, which responded:
Q: 1) Does the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act regulate locations where the smokeless cigarettes, known as “e-cigs,” may be used? 2) Are e-cigs, which appear to be a type of nicotine injection system, subject to the same tax requirements as certain tobacco products?
A: 1) Tobacco and tobacco smoke are not actually involved in the operation of e-cigarettes, which vaporize nicotine through the use of a battery. These devices consequently are not covered by the Clean Indoor Air Act which is aimed at prohibiting tobacco usage in certain public places so as to reduce second-hand smoke exposure. 2) No. The tax requirements apply to products containing tobacco. According to my understanding, tobacco is not actually involved in the operation of e-cigs.