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Preventing Teen Tobacco Use

Attention: Cigarette Retail Dealers
 New law prohibiting sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes to customers under age 21 in NYC took effect on May 18, 2014. (Download Age Restriction Sign) 



DCA licenses cigarette retailers in New York City, and enforces City and State laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors. Additionally, all retail tobacco dealers in New York City must register with the State Department of Taxation and Finance to sell tobacco products in New York City. 

Youth Tobacco Enforcement and Prevention Program

DCA runs one of the best and most comprehensive Youth Tobacco Enforcement and Prevention Programs in the country. This program, which pairs inspectors and undercover minors, inspects essentially every City cigarette retail dealer every year to ensure they do not sell tobacco products to underage kids. The program is funded by a New York State grant administered by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Stores’ compliance has gone from 52%, when the program formally began in 1998, to more than 90% in recent years.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOBACCO RETAILERS:
 
Signage Posting
You must post the required Age Restriction Sign where you sell cigarettes so all customers can see it

Inspection Checklists
To learn what DCA inspectors look for and help avoid violations, read Inspection Checklist: Flavored Tobacco and Inspection Checklist: Cigarette Retail Dealers.

FAQs from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Tobacco 21 FAQs
English   Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)   한국어(Korean)   عربي (Arabic) 

Sensible Tobacco Enforcement FAQs  
English   Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)   한국어(Korean)   عربي (Arabic)

Cigar Sales FAQs 
English   Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)   한국어(Korean)   عربي (Arabic)

For more information, visit DOHMH's Smoking Legislation page

New York State Department of Health
For more information about the state’s Tobacco Sales Training Program, tobacco vending machines, and sales to minors, call (800) 458-1158 or visit
 www.health.state.ny.us