Tobacco Merchant Compliance Initiative

For Tobacco Merchants

***Effective October 1, 2019: Retailers can only sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-liquids and accessories, to individuals who are at least 21 years old. Retailers must verify customer age with a driver's license or government-issued ID. The minimum sales age remains 18 for active duty military with valid military identification.***

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 employees can prevent sales to minors. Check out these great resources for more information:

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