Tobacco Merchant Compliance Initiative

For Tobacco Merchants

    Retailers are an important part of our communities, providing goods and services to residents of all ages. Licensed tobacco retailers are uniquely positioned to act responsibly and help reduce and eliminate underage access to tobacco products in Maryland.

Tobacco retailers are required by law to:

•Ask for photo ID for everyone under 27.

•Check to make sure everyone is at least 18 years old

•Refuse to sell tobacco and e-cigarettes products to everyone under 18.

Protect yourself and your business by being familiar with youth access laws, penalties for violating those laws and how you and your staff/co-workers can prevent sales to minors. Check out these great resources for more information:

NoNicoTeen Tobacco Retailer Materials

          oRetail Guide 

          oPrint Materials 

Maryland Responsible Tobacco Retailer Program 

Tobacco Sales Laws 

FDA Tobacco Compliance, Enforcement & Training 

To request additional materials for your retail location call 301.600.1755.