New Act Requires E-Cig Retailers to Register

Attorney General Russell Suzuki announced on Wednesday the establishment of the Electronic Smoking Device Retailer Registration Unit within the Department of the Attorney General, pursuant to Act 206, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018.

The Act requires an entity engaged in the retail sale of electronic smoking devices to register with the Unit, provide identifying information, and allow for inspections of the retailer’s facilities. Failure to timely register may subject a violator to a civil penalty of $100 for each day the retailer is in violation, plus the costs of the investigation conducted by the Unit to determine the violation.

Retailers must register beginning November 1, 2018, and must complete the registration by December 17.

Retailers may obtain a form to apply for a Temporary Certificate of Registration online. The temporary registrations will expire on January 2, 2020. Prior to the expiration of the temporary registrations, the Unit will provide information about future registration requirements.