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Idaho Code 39-501. Download it here. or review the code on the Legislative Website. This contains information you should know concerning tobacco and minors. Here's what you should know.

It is illegal to sell tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Snuff
  • Loose leaf tobacco
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Tobacco papers

It is against the law to sell, distribute or offer tobacco products to a minor. Check photo identification to determine if a person is less than 18 years old.

If you sell tobacco to someone under age 18, you personally can be fined $100.

State inspections can occur at any time to ensure compliance with the state law. Inspections occur without warning.

Unless a store sells only tobacco products*, all tobacco sales must be vendor-assisted. This means customers of all ages must ask a clerk to access tobacco products for them.

Cigarettes must be sold only in their original manufacturer’s packaging. Vendors cannot sell open packs, loose cigarettes, or any other promotional pack if it's not packaged for sale by the manufacturer.

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