Can You Mail Vape Pens with USPS?
USPS Officially Prohibits Shippers to Send Vapes and E-Cigarettes through its Network. On October 21, 2021, USPS issued a final ruling that prohibits individuals and small businesses from sending vapes through the mail. This ruling also applies to electronic cigarettes and other battery-powered nicotine products.
On October 21, 2021, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued a long-awaited Final Rule regarding the mailability of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products through the Postal Service, while also clarifying which products are and are not covered by this rule.
The USPS ban covers both nicotine and cannabis vapes
The clear language of POSECCA forced USPS to prohibit shipping any vaping product through the U.S. Mail. In its response to comments, the Postal Service says it simply doesn’t have the power to veer from Congress’ words, which don’t distinguish between the products “ENDS” are intended to vaporize.
NACS strongly supported the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act because it updated the original PACT Act to include e-cigarette and vapor products, requiring online sellers of the products to ensure an in-person ID check occurs at delivery.
Are There Any Exceptions for Mailing Vape Pens?
While there’s a fair amount of legislation preventing the shipping of ENDS, there are some exceptions.
Let’s take a closer look at them below:
- Intrastate shipments of vape pens within Alaska and Hawaii are allowed
- Shipments between verified and authorized tobacco-industry businesses for business purposes.* These businesses can also send vapes to federal or state agencies for regulatory purposes.
- Adults can ship up to 10 electronic nicotine delivery systems for non-commercial use every 30 days.
- Limited shipments of e-cigarettes sent by verified and authorized manufacturers to adult smokers for consumer testing purposes are allowed.
- Limited shipments of vaping products by federal agencies for public health purposes are permitted.
*To mail vaping products as a verified company, businesses must apply to USPS to determine their eligibility for the exception.
Does USPS check packages for drugs?
Postal inspectors can screen packages to check for drugs like marijuana and other substances. Some people may attempt to send drugs through the mail because they believe the Fourth Amendment protects them from having their packages searched.
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