LD 2135
Session - 129th Maine Legislature
LR 3175
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act To Amend the Definition of "Tobacco Product" To Exclude Matches and Lighters

Emergency preamble. Whereas,  acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas,  this legislation must take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period to settle issues regarding the retail sale of tobacco products as soon as possible; and

Whereas,  in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1551, sub-§3,  as repealed and replaced by PL 2017, c. 308, §3, is amended to read:

3. Tobacco product.   "Tobacco product" means any product that is made from or derived from tobacco, or that contains nicotine, that is intended for human consumption or is likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, a cigarette, a cigar, a hookah, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff or snus. "Tobacco product" also means an electronic smoking device and any component or accessory used in the consumption of a tobacco product, such as filters, rolling papers, pipes and liquids used in electronic smoking devices, whether or not they contain nicotine. "Tobacco product" does not include drugs, devices or combination products authorized for sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration, as those terms are defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act , or matches, lighters or similar devices.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.


This bill specifies that tobacco products do not include matches, lighters or similar devices in the laws governing retail tobacco sales.

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