E-cigarettes and Adult Tobacco Consumers

Electronic Cigarettes—or e-cigarettes—are designed to offer nicotine vapor to adult smokers and vapors without burning tobacco. A typical e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a heating element and a cartridge filled with a liquid solution. When in use, the heating element vaporizes the liquid solution.

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Excise Taxes

Nearly every tobacco product you purchase is heavily taxed, and that tax is reflected in the price you pay at the cash register. For cigarettes, those taxes (along with other government fees and costs) make up about 55 percent of the price at retail — more than half of the price of a pack.

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Federal Regulation of Tobacco

In June 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began regulating cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. The FDA has also said that it expects to begin regulating cigars and other tobacco products in the future.

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Other Voices

Many governmental and non-governmental organizations offer information, views, and resources on a range of tobacco issues. Read more to find links to a number of such organizations. You can find information on tobacco issues at each link by searching for the key word “tobacco".

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