The Attorney General’s Tobacco Unit was created in 2002 to enforce state laws relating to tobacco sales. The unit has been active in enforcing the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which Vermont and 51 other states and territories signed in 1998. The unit also oversees implementation of Vermont’s tobacco laws, including the Clean Indoor Air laws, ban on sales to minors, licensing and tax requirements, and restrictions on the distribution and retail sales of tobacco products.
It is illegal to sell, offer, or possess for sale cigarettes (including roll-your-own tobacco) not included on the Attorney General’s Directory of Manufacturers and Brand Families Compliant with 33 V.S.A. Chapter 19, Subchapters 1A and 1B.
In Vermont, a licensed wholesale dealer may sell tobacco products only to other Vermont licensed wholesale dealers or to Vermont licensed retail dealers. Title 32 § 7731. A wholesale dealer’s license does not allow sales to individual consumers, including employees.
Beginning in 2011, the Tax Department’s NPM-1 Form which wholesale dealers are required to file monthly will only be accepted in electronic format. Paper copies will no longer be accepted. To access the instructions for the form click here to go to the form directly click here.
In order to sell tobacco products in Vermont, wholesale dealers must be licensed by the Vermont Department of Taxes, and comply with all applicable tax statutes. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All cigarettes sold in Vermont must be certified as “fire-safe” under 20 V.S.A. §§ 2756–2757. For more information please visit the website of the Vermont Department of Public Safety.
In order to engage in retail sales of tobacco products, retailers must obtain a license from the Department of Liquor & Lottery. In order to engage in retail sales of tobacco substitutes, which include electronic cigarettes and their components, retailers must also obtain a tobacco substitutes endorsement from the Department of Liquor & Lottery. For more information, contact Director of Licensing Martin Prevost at email@example.com. All tobacco products sold in Vermont must be obtained from Vermont licensed wholesale dealers.
Sales of tobacco products, tobacco substitutes, and tobacco paraphernalia to individuals under the age of 18 are illegal.
BAN ON INTERNET AND MAIL ORDER TOBACCO SALES
Effective July 1, 2008, 7 V.S.A. § 1010 makes it illegal for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, little cigars, or snuff, ordered or purchased by telephone, mail order, or through the Internet, to be shipped directly to consumers in Vermont.
Recent enforcement actions and press releases related to Vermont’s ban on internet tobacco sales are available here.
TOBACCO RELATED LINKS
- Coalition for Tobacco Free Vermont
- Vermont Tobacco Evaluation & Review Board
- The National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Vermont Dept of Health – Quit Smoking
For more information on how to get help quitting smoking, please visit: 802 Quits, or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).