USPS Bans ENDS Shipments Between Businesses and Consumers

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USPS Bans ENDS Shipments between Businesses and Consumers

Businesses looking to ship electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) directly to consumers will have to find another method other than the U.S. Postal Service.

Due to a new piece of legislation, businesses can no longer use the U.S. Postal Service to ship vapor products, e-liquids, e-cigarettes or any other ENDS products to consumers. The ban also includes products that contain THC and hemp/CBD products meant for ENDS devices. Hemp and CBD products that are not in the form of an ENDS can be mailed as long they contain less than 0.3 percent of THC.

S. 1253, known as The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, passed the senate on July 2, 20202. The bill addressed the requirements relating the sale of and delivery of ENDS including e-cigarettes, e-hookah, e-cigars and vape pens. Specifically, the bill:

  • subjects the sale and delivery of these systems to certain requirements, including tax, licensing, and labeling requirements;
  • prohibits the sale and delivery of these systems to anyone under the legal age to purchase tobacco products;
  • requires the U.S. Postal Service to implement regulations to prohibit the mailing of these systems; and
  • requires the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study on the health impacts of e-cigarette use by youths and young adults.

The bill does not apply to tobacco cessation or other products used for therapeutic purposes that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).