Information for Cigarette Retail Dealers

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OCTOBER 2017: NYC's New Tobacco Laws Apply to YOU if You...

  • Have a pharmacy
  • Sell or plan to sell any tobacco products
  • Sell electronic cigarettes
Read overview to understand how the new tobacco laws affect your business.

NOTE: If you sell or plan to sell ANY tobacco products after February 24, 2018, you must obtain a cigarette retail dealer license before February 24, 2018. Read the Cigarette Retail Dealer License Application Checklist.

APRIL 2016: Law/Rules Handout (Cigarette Retail Dealers)

Reminders:
  • Under the law, cigarette retailers must post the Age Restriction and NYC/NYS Tax Stamp signs.
  • Cigarette retailers cannot make, distribute, or sell K2 (“spice”), bath salts, or any functionally similar substance. Under federal, state, and City laws, selling these substances is illegal and can result in imprisonment, significant fines, and the suspension or revocation of your Cigarette Retail Dealer License.
    • A first violation will result in a 30-day mandatory suspension of your license.
    • A second violation will result in a mandatory revocation of your license.

    Visit nyc.gov/k2 for more information and use Live Chat to request a window cling for your store doors/windows to show that your business is committed to refrain from selling K2.


2014 DCA Training on Local Laws 94 and 97 of 2013

In July 2014, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) held trainings for businesses to help them understand and comply with the new tobacco laws: Local Law 94 of 2013 (Tobacco 21) and Local Law 97 of 2013 (Sensible Tobacco Enforcement). Read the Frequently Asked Questions from the training.

Local Laws 94 and 97 of 2013

Local Law 94 of 2013 – Tobacco 21
Effective Date:
May 18, 2014
This law prohibits retailers from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco, or other tobacco products or electronic cigarettes to customers under age 21. Retailers must post a new Age Restriction Sign*.
Read Local Law 94 of 2013
Download Tobacco 21 Frequently Asked Questions in
English  Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)  한국어(Korean)  عربي (Arabic)
Download Age Restriction Sign

*The new Age Restriction Sign was mailed to all New York City licensed Cigarette Retail Dealers prior to enforcement. Enforcement of Local Law 94 began on August 1, 2014.

Local Law 97 of 2013 – Sensible Tobacco Enforcement
Effective Date:
March 19, 2014
This law establishes a price floor for cigarettes and little cigars, bans the redemption of discounts on cigarettes or tobacco products, and imposes a packaging requirement on cigars priced at $3 or less. This law also increases fines and penalties for cigarette retailers who engage in illegal activity, and requires cigarette retailers to post a sign* stating that valid New York State and New York City tax stamps must be on all cigarette packages sold in New York City. The law took effect on March 19, 2014, but the City will not begin enforcing the law until Rules are promulgated.
Download Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions in
English  Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)  한국어(Korean)  عربي (Arabic)
Download Cigar Sales Frequently Asked Questions in
English  Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)  한국어(Korean)  عربي (Arabic)
Download NYC/NYS Tax Stamp Sign

*The new tax stamp sign was mailed to all New York City licensed Cigarette Retail Dealers prior to enforcement. Enforcement of the new requirements and restrictions began on August 1, 2014.

For more information, visit Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Smoking Legislation page

DCA Inspection Checklists

To learn what DCA inspectors look for and help avoid violations, read Inspection Checklist: Flavored Tobacco and Inspection Checklist: Cigarette Retail Dealers.

New York State Department of Health

For more information about NYS Certified Tobacco Sales Training Programs, tobacco vending machines, and sales to minors, call (800) 458-1158 or visit NYS website