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ACT NO. 58
(S.156)

Tobacco Products; Access by Minors

This act prohibits the sale of tobacco products to a person younger than 18 years of age. Violation can result in a civil penalty up to $100.00 for a first offense and $500.00 for any subsequent offense. Beginning August 28, 1997, vending machines selling tobacco products areprohibited except for machines located in a commercial establishment in which by law no person younger than 18 is permitted to enter at any time. Beginning January 1, 2001, all vending machines selling tobacco products are prohibited.

Beginning January 1, 1999, no person holding a tobacco license shall display or store tobacco products where those products are accessible to consumers without assistance by a sales person. Excepted are: tobacco products located in a commercial establishment in which by law no person younger than 18 is permitted to enter at any time; cigarettes in unopened cartons and smokeless tobacco in unopened multipack containers of 10 or more; and cigars and pipe tobacco stored in humidors on the sales counter.

This act prohibits persons less than 18 from possessing tobacco products. Violation can result in confiscation of the tobacco product and a civil penalty of $25.00. Failure to pay the penalty can result in suspension of the person’s operator’s license for 90 days.

This act also authorizes the liquor control board to appoint a hearing officer to conduct hearings.

Effective Date: July 1, 1997