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Q: I can smoke now, right?

A: It may be legal... that doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Just remember that it’s unlawful to sell or give any tobacco product to anyone under 18 (ARS §13-3622). 

 

Q: What are tobacco products?

A: Tobacco products are cigars, cigarettes, cigarette papers, smoking and chewing tobacco. Shisha and vapor products do not fall under the tobacco product definition but many of the same laws also apply to those substances (A.R.S §13-3622).

 

Q: Where am I allowed to smoke?

A:  The Smoke Free Arizona Act prohibits smoking in all public places and places of employment within Arizona. A person may smoke in designated smoking areas or outdoor areas that are a reasonable distance away from any entrances, windows and ventilation systems so that people entering or leaving shall not be subjected to breathing in smoke (A.R.S. §36-601.01).

 

QWhat about vaporizers are they legal?

A: Electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers are legal if you are over 18 but certain cities regulate where they can be used (A.R.S. §13-3622). Be aware that while the health risks for using e-cigarettes are unknown the liquid used to fill them is highly toxic.

 

Q: What about pipes or hookahs? Are they illegal?

A: Pipes, hookahs and vaporizers used for smoking purposes are illegal for minors but may be used by a person who is 18 (A.R.S. §13-3622).

 

Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated.  The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here.