Dear Summit : California Vaping Laws
Hello, vape fans! We’ve had a lot of questions about the new California vaping laws and why we are age verifying customers via BlueCheck. We are here to help, and if you have questions we cannot answer, we will find the answer for you!
Let’s explain the law and give you the reasons why we are using Blue Check.
(1) (A) Before enrolling a person as a customer, or distributing or selling, or engaging in the nonsale distribution of, the tobacco product through any of these means, the distributor or seller shall verify that the purchaser or recipient of the product is 21 years of age or older. The distributor or seller shall attempt to match the name, address, and date of birth provided by the customer to information contained in records in a database of individuals whose age has been verified to be 21 years or older by reference to an appropriate database of government records kept by the distributor, a direct marketing firm, or any other entity. In the case of a sale, the distributor or seller shall also verify that the billing address on the check or credit card offered for payment by the purchaser matches the address listed in the database.
The clause is stating that we need some personal information to verify your age. Blue Check runs the last four of your social security number through the database to make sure everything checks out. Blue Check is used to make sure we are in compliance with the new regulations.
(B) If the seller, distributor, or nonsale distributor, is unable to verify that the purchaser or recipient is 21 years of age or older pursuant to subparagraph (A), he or she shall require the customer or recipient to submit an age-verification kit consisting of an attestation signed by the customer or recipient that he or she is 21 years of age or older and a copy of a valid form of government identification. For the purposes of this section, a valid form of government identification includes a driver’s license, state identification card, passport, an official naturalization or immigration document, such as an alien registration receipt card (commonly known as a “green card”) or an immigrant visa, or military identification. In the case of a sale, the distributor or seller shall also verify that the billing address on the check or credit card provided by the consumer matches the address listed in the form of government identification.
In this clause, it states that we will need a government-issued photo ID. The clause requires the photo to be uploaded to ensure it is the customer’s license. Your ID will be used if we cannot verify that the purchaser is at least 21 years old.
(3) In the case of a sale, the distributor or seller shall make a telephone call after 5 p.m. to the purchaser confirming the order before shipping the tobacco products. The telephone call may be a person-to-person call or a recorded message. The distributor or seller is not required to speak directly with a person and may leave a message on an answering machine or by voice mail.
The clause states that we have to call and confirm that our customers placed an order. This call must occur after 5 p.m. to make sure the person who placed the order is the person who put the order in.
There you have it, vape fans! We will comply with the California vaping laws by using BlueCheck, and we do apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to some of our customers. We wish we did not have to, but we want to stay around for a long time for all of our awesome customers and we appreciate everyone’s patience.
If you would like to read the law in full, you can view it here. Look under section 22963.