On Dec. 20, 2019, the President of the United States signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. There is NO MILITARY EXEMPTION and no grandfathering clause.
For information and resources about quitting, visit the Maryland Quitline webpage at smokingstopshere.com.
If you have interest in quitting smoking (of any kind), the Health Department can help. Call us at 410-313-6265 or visit our webpage here.
For free online training, additional materials, and FAQs, visit www.NoTobaccoSalesToMinors.com.
To sell tobacco products in Maryland, you must have a license. The type of license required depends on the tobacco products being sold. Licenses must be clearly displayed in the business. Licenses must be renewed each year.
The sale of flavored cigarettes (NOT menthol) is illegal under federal law, and is subject to action by the FDA. In addition, the sale of clove cigarettes is illegal in Maryland and can result in a fine of $500.
Effective 2/10/20, Maryland Wholesalers and Retailers who sell Electronic smoking Devices (ESDs) must cease all sales and marketing of cartridge-based and disposable ESD products containing flavors other than tobacco or menthol. Find more information about the FDA flavored e-cigarette ban here.