Tobacco & Teens


Keeping teens from the use of tobacco

In order to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act (Tobacco Control Act) gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. The FDA Tobacco Regulation contracts with Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide local enforcement of youth tobacco sales, monitor store advertising and are required to inspect retailers.

Our Enforcement officers are FDA certified to conduct these inspections and report violations stipulated under the Youth Access law of Act 112, prohibiting tobacco sales to minors in Pennsylvania and partake in the annual SYNAR report which measures compliance progress in regard to youth access laws, activities and enforcement.

Our Enforcement officers are trained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Tobacco Control and Prevention program staff and provide the following services:

  • Monitor merchant and clerk compliance
  • Educate tobacco store owners, clerks, community members and public officials about the law and enforcement
  • Conduct annual compliance checks with all tobacco merchants throughout the Northeast Health District’s 10 counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.

tobacco_and_teens_3Retailers who violate the law face serious penalties. They can be fined, and if convicted, their tobacco sales license can be suspended.

For additional information, or to report the unlawful sale of tobacco products to minors, less than 18 years of age, or other unlawful tobacco sales practices, call 1-877-CTP-1373 or click here to complete the violation report.