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Last updated: September 18th 2019

Penalties

Sales Restrictions

Fine, Jail
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Analysis

A violation of the ban on single cigarette sales or the ban on internet sales is subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a violation is punishable by a fine not exceeding $20,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both. 

A violation of the ban on vending machine sales is considered a violation of the requirements for a retail license to sell tobacco. As such, vending machine violations are subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000. For repeat violations, violators are subject to a fine not exceeding $20,000. 

Sellers who violate the ban on smokeless tobacco and waterpipe tobacco are subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a violation is punishable by a fine not exceeding $20,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both. Individuals who possess, purchase or use smokeless tobacco or waterpipe tobacco are subject to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

N/A
Analysis

Tobacco sales are not restricted by location; therefore, there are no associated penalties.

Minimum Retail Package Size

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Analysis

A violation of the minimum retail package size is punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, a violation is punishable by a fine not exceeding $20,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both.

Minimum Legal Sales Age

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Analysis
A violation of the ban on sales to under-age persons is punishable by a fine not exceeding $5,000 and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $10,000.