Miss. Code § 97-32-51

Current through 5/14/2024
Section 97-32-51 - Distribution of alternative nicotine products to minors prohibited; definitions; penalties; verification of purchaser's age
(1) For the purposes of this chapter:
(a)
(i) "Alternative nicotine product" means:
1. An electronic cigarette;
2. Any other product that consists of or contains nicotine that can be ingested into the body by chewing, smoking, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling or by any other means;
3. Any electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine to an individual inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, any cartridge component, liquid, capsule or powder used to refill or resupply such an electronic device; or
4. An electronic cigar or cigarillo.
(ii) Alternative nicotine product does not include:
1. A cigarette or other tobacco product as defined in Section 97-32-3;
2. A product that is a drug under 21 USCS 321(g)(1);
3. A product that is a device under 21 USCS 321(h); or
4. A combination product described in 21 USCS 353(g).
(b)
(i) "Electronic cigarette" means an electronic product or device that produces a vapor that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device to simulate smoking, and is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo or electronic pipe.
(ii) Electronic cigarette does not include:
1. A cigarette or other tobacco products as defined in Section 97-32-3;
2. A product that is a drug under 21 USCS 321(g)(1);
3. A product that is a device under 21 USCS 321(h); or
4. A combination product described in 21 USCS 353(g).
(2) No person, either directly or indirectly by an agent or employee, or by a vending machine owned by the person or located in the person's establishment, shall sell, offer for sale, give or furnish any alternative nicotine product, or any cartridge, component, liquid, capsule or powder thereof, to an individual under twenty-one (21) years of age. The penalties described in this subsection shall be treble the fines described in this section, plus any other penalty provided by law, for the sale, use, possession or furnishing of a controlled substance or other substance to a person, if the alternative nicotine product contains any controlled substance that is otherwise prohibited by law, or any other substance that causes the recipient of such to require emergency medical care as a result of using the product. Each violation of the provisions of this section shall be treated as a separate offense. A violation of this subsection is punishable as follows:
(a) By a fine of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) for a first offense;
(b) By a fine of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for a second offense; and
(c) By a fine of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for a third or subsequent offense.
(3) Before selling, offering for sale, giving or furnishing an alternative nicotine product, or any cartridge, component liquid, capsule or powder thereof, to an individual, a person shall verify that the individual is at least twenty-one (21) years of age by:
(a) Examining from any individual that appears to be under twenty-seven (27) years of age a government-issued photographic identification that establishes the individual is at least twenty-one (21) years of age; or
(b) For sales made through the internet or other remote sales methods, performing an age verification through an independent, third-party age verification service that compares information available from public records to the personal information entered by the individual during the ordering process that establishes the individual is twenty-one (21) years of age or older.

Miss. Code § 97-32-51

Amended by Laws, 2020, ch. 470, SB 2596,§ 3, eff. 7/8/2020.
Added by Laws, 2013, ch. 355, HB 613, 1, eff. 7/1/2013.