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Vape Shop and Vaping Regulations

Under Montgomery County Code, Chapter 24, a person must not smoke or use any electronic cigarette in a indoor area open to the public except in a tobacco shop or a vape shop. A vape shop does not include an area of a larger store in which electronic cigarettes are sold. As a result, a vape shop serving food and drink would be illegal. A vape shop is defined as any store that primarily sells electronic cigarettes. A tobacco shop is an establishment which possess a trader license for a tobacco shop. An electronic cigarette means any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor. Montgomery County defines vaping or vape as the act of using an electronic cigarette.

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