Section 28-11-2


For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE PRODUCT. The term alternative nicotine product includes any product that consists of or contains nicotine that can be ingested into the body by chewing, smoking, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling, snorting, sniffing, or by any other means. The term does not include a tobacco product, electronic nicotine delivery system, or any product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product or for other medical purposes and that is being marketed and sold solely for that purpose.

(2) BOARD. The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

(3) CHILD-RESISTANT PACKAGING. Liquid nicotine container packaging meeting the requirements of 15 U.S.C. §1472a.

(4) DISTRIBUTION. To sell, barter, exchange, or give tobacco or tobacco products for promotional purposes or for gratis.

(5) ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEM. Any vaporizing device that produces a vapor that delivers nicotine or other substance to the person inhaling from the device to simulate smoking, and includes, but is not limited to, products that may be offered to, purchased by, or marketed to consumers as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, electronic hookah, vape pen, vape tool, vaping device, or any variation of these terms. The term also includes any liquid intended to be vaporized in any device included in this subdivision, regardless of whether or not the liquid contains nicotine.

(6) ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEM RETAILER. Any retail business which offers for sale electronic nicotine delivery systems.

(7) FDA. The United States Food and Drug Administration.

(8) LIQUID NICOTINE CONTAINER. A bottle or other container of a liquid product that is intended to be vaporized and inhaled using an electronic nicotine delivery system. The term does not include a container holding liquid that is intended for use in a vapor product if the container is pre-filled and sealed by the manufacturer and is not intended to be opened by the consumer.

(9) MINOR. Any person under the age of 19 years.

(10) PERSON. Any natural person, firm, partnership, association, company, corporation, or other entity. Person does not include a manufacturer or wholesaler of tobacco or tobacco products nor does it include employees of the permit holder.

(11) PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION. Any one or more of the following documents used for purposes of determining the age of a person purchasing, attempting to purchase, or receiving tobacco, tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or alternative nicotine products:

a. A valid driver's license issued by any state and bearing the photograph of the presenting person.

b. United States Uniform Service Identification.

c. A valid passport.

d. A valid identification card issued by any state agency for the purpose of identification and bearing the photograph and date of birth of the presenting individual.

e. For legal mail order purposes only, a valid signed certification that will verify the individual is 19 years of age or older.

(12) RESPONSIBLE VENDOR PROGRAM. A program administered by the board to encourage and support vendors in training employees in legal and responsible sales practices.

(13) SAMPLER. Any business or person who distributes tobacco or tobacco products for promotional purposes.

(14) SELF-SERVICE DISPLAY. A display that contains tobacco or tobacco products and is located in an area openly accessible to purchasers at retail and from which such purchasers can readily access tobacco or tobacco products without the assistance of the tobacco permit holder or an employee of the permit holder. A display case that holds tobacco or tobacco products behind locked doors does not constitute a self-service display.

(15) SPECIALTY RETAILER OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS. A business establishment at which any of the following are true:

a. The sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems accounts for more than 35 percent of the total quarterly gross receipts for the establishment.

b. Twenty percent or more of the public retail floor space is allocated for the offering, displaying, or storage of electronic nicotine delivery systems.

c. Twenty percent or more of the total shelf space, including retail floor shelf space and shelf space in areas accessible only to employees, is allocated for the offering, displaying, or storage of electronic nicotine delivery systems.

d. The retail space features a self-service display for electronic nicotine delivery systems.

e. Samples of electronic nicotine delivery systems are offered to customers.

f. Liquids intended to be vaporized through the use of an electronic nicotine delivery system are produced at the facility or are produced by the owner of the establishment or any of its agents or employees for sale at the establishment.

(16) TOBACCO or TOBACCO PRODUCTS. Tobacco or any product containing tobacco, including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Cigarettes.

b. Cigars.

c. Chewing tobacco.

d. Snuff.

e. Pipe tobacco.

f. Smokeless tobacco.

(17) TOBACCO PERMIT. A permit issued by the board to allow the permit holder to engage in the distribution of tobacco, tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or alternative nicotine products at the location identified in the permit.

(18) TOBACCO SPECIALTY STORE. A business that derives at least 75 percent of its revenue from tobacco or tobacco products.

(Acts 1997, No. 97-423, p. 721, §2; Act 2009-578, p. 1697, §1; Act 2013-383, p. 1438, §1; Act 2019-233, §2.)