Age Restrictions

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that provide inhaled doses of nicotine through a vaporized solution contained in cartridges inserted into the device. No smoke or combustion is involved; the device emits only vapor when used.

Use in California

Currently there is no California or federal law that restricts where people can use e-cigarettes. Unless your local smokefree law defines “smoking” to include e-cigarette use, the use of this product may be legal in places where smoking cigarettes is prohibited. If you are in California and you are uncertain whether your local smokefree air law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public places, we can review your local ordinance. If your community would like to amend its local ordinance to ban the use of e-cigarettes in places smoking is prohibited, our model smokefree housingrecreational areas, and beaches ordinances have language that could be adapted for that purpose.

Voluntary policies may also be used to restrict e-cigarette use. Businesses and private property owners can adopt policies to restrict or prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on their premises. Employers may adopt such policies with regard to their employees, and landlords can include lease provisions prohibiting tenants from smoking e-cigarettes.

Sale in California

California law prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors (California Health and Safety Code § 119405). In most local tobacco retailer licensing laws in California, selling e-cigarettes to a minor is a license violation. E-cigarette violations can currently be enforced because tobacco retailer licensing laws automatically incorporate new tobacco control laws as soon as they go into effect.

Local governments in California also can create a new law to require a business have a tobacco retailer license to sell e-cigarettes. If you are in California, we are funded to review your community’s current licensing ordinance at no charge to see if it covers e-cigarettes, and help draft language to amend the law to include these devices.

E-cigarette restrictions in other locations

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently said it interprets the federal regulations that prohibit smoking on airplanes to apply to e-cigarettes. Several state and local governments have also enacted laws that restrict the sale or use of e-cigarettes.  For example, New Jersey law restricts the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces and other indoor public places, and prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The states of Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Tennessee, as well as Washington State’s King, Spokane, and Tacoma Counties, are also examples of jurisdictions that prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.[1]

For more information about the state of federal law with regard to e-cigarettes, please see our our fact sheet “Electronic Cigarettes: How They Are – and Could Be – Regulated,” and our FAQ “Are E-Cigarettes Regulated by the FDA?

If you have any questions about e-cigarettes or if you would like us to review your local ordinance to see if it prohibits the use or sale of e-cigarettes, please contact us. (Please note, we are only funded to provide free technical assistance within the State of California. If you are located outside of California and would like us to review your ordinance, we can do so for a fee.)




E-Hookah Benefits

ImageEveryday Hookah is considered much safer for your health compared to traditional hookah. This is because with e-hookah/ hookah pens, you are inhaling water vapor mixed with flavoring.

Given below is a little comparison between an e-hookah and a traditional one to help you decide which should be your choice.

  1. E-Hookahs are smaller in size, which makes them easier to carry anywhere so you can enjoy it whether you are at the beach, at some party or simply in your room. Whereas, traditional hookahs are heavier and it is difficult to carry them from place to place.

  2. An electronic hookah does not emit carbon dioxide like other hookahs so it is said to be more eco and health friendly.

  3. Electronic hookah use electricity as a source for heating while in traditional models, charcoal is used, which is poison for lungs resulting in many dangerous diseases.

  4. There is no specific smoking zone for e-hookahs, which means that you can enjoy it anytime anywhere. However, for some custom hookahs, you have to go to a bar.

  5. They are comparably cheaper than the latter so opting for an e-hookah is also economical.

  6. There are fewer or almost no additive ingredients included in , which is why many adults enjoy it.

  7. There has not been any serious report regarding health risks due to smoking e-hookah, which is why this product has gained massive market in a very short period. The traditional hookahs are known to have caused lung cancer and much more.

  8. Another advantage of E-hookahs is the non-use of fire, which is also good for safety. Traditional hookahs can be a cause of fire or burn.

  9. With different sizes available, you can select an e-shisha as per your need with each piece having different price.

  10. There is no foul smell or ash at your place while using e-hookah unlike hookahs.

  11. You can enjoy e-hookahs without the fear of your teeth getting yellow or gums swelling, as there is no added harmful chemical.

This comparison displays some of the benefits of electronic hookahs, which you can never enjoy in traditional ones especially when you compare with both health risk and cost.


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E-Hookah: What Is It?


Hookah, also known as Shisha, is a tobacco pipe with a tube that helps to draw smoke through water contained in a bowl. History tells us that hookah is one of the oldest and most popular customs in Turkey. With the passing time, its popularity has significantly increased in several other countries around the world, such as Saudi Arabia, Persia, Iran, New York, Pakistan and India. Today, hookah availability is considered as a part of top class service within the international hotel industry.

Hookah has been in the market for a past few decades now; and as time has evolved, so has the smoking product. Technology has produced some amazing products and services over the years. E-Cigarettes and E-Hookah are one of them. E-Hookah is an electronic vaporizer that vaporizes water into smoke through the consumption of electricity. E-Hookah has advantages and disadvantages but it is still safer than the traditional hookah and cigarettes.

Moreover, E-Hookah is an electronic device that uses electricity, thus, it is more convenient and does not emit carbon dioxide, which is great for your health. E-Hookah does not rely on coal to produce the vapor, instead, it uses electricity. In comparison with traditional hookahs, this device is healthier, more inexpensive and very easy to carry. It is also available in various flavors depending on the smoker’s choice and taste; and it can produce more smoke clouds than a cigarette.

E-Hookah tends to have a very low health risk as compared to smoking cigarettes and normal traditional hookahs. Available in your favorite flavors such as pineapple, apple, fruit punch, grape, and many more, an electronic hookah gives you an enjoyable experience. E-Hookah’s can also be disposed of, after use. Disposable E-Hookah’s cannot be refilled or recharged and the flavor inside cannot be changed. It uses batteries to operate and once the battery runs out, it cannot be used again.

Electronic hookahs are without a doubt, healthier than traditional shishas, but some do carry a certain amount of tobacco and nicotine in them. It is also very difficult to share an electronic hookah as it drains battery too quickly resulting in very low overall duration of each session.

Nowadays, young teenagers have formed a habit of carrying E-Hookahs with them. They spend a lot of time smoking hookahs and shishas with friends rather than getting engaged in some productive work. This habit has made them lazier than ever and they spend heaps of amounts of money on these items.

If you look at all the pros and cons of an electronic hookah, the pros outbalance the cons. It is quite harmless than a normal hookah thanks to the advancement in technology. All the people who left smoking due to health issues can now enjoy it again. Though electronic hookah is not available in every other corner shop, people can buy it online at any time.