Tobacco

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services have partnered to provide tobacco awareness and education to tobacco retailers. ALE enforces the state tobacco laws with the goal of reducing the sale of tobacco products to persons less than 18 years of age.

**Note**

As of Dec. 20, 2019, federal law prohibits retailers from selling tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes) and vape products to people under 21 years old. As State law enforcement, ALE will continue to enforce North Carolina law which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 18 years old. Any sale of tobacco products to someone under 21 may be subject to federal authorities’ enforcement. 

For additional guidance on the new law and how it will be implemented, tobacco retailers can contact the U.S. FDA Center for Tobacco Products or call (877) 287-1373.
 

ALE educates retailers on the state tobacco laws and enforces the state tobacco laws by providing the following services:

  • Educating tobacco retailers through regularly scheduled BARS (Be A Responsible Seller) programs throughout the state
  • Conducting inspections at retail tobacco locations to reinforce the importance of abiding by the state tobacco laws
  • Providing tobacco retailers with on-site assistance for any questions they have pertaining to the state tobacco laws
  • Enforcing the state tobacco laws by conducting surveillance at retail locations that sell tobacco

Report Violations by Email  or call 1-877-ALE-AGENT

Links

QuitlineNC.com

SYNAR

FDA Free program materials

For Retailers

Online Tobacco Retailer Training

NC General Statute 14-313

NC Tobacco Sign