Tobacco Sales to Minors
In 2002, Pennsylvania’s Act 112 amended Section 6305 of the Crimes Code and created new fines for clerks and owners of tobacco retail stores. The Act:
§ Prohibits sales of tobacco products to a minor (individual under 18 years of age).
§ Prohibits the furnishing of a tobacco product to a minor (selling tobacco to a minor).
§ Prohibits vending machines to be in any place where a minor can gain access without the supervision of a parent or guardian.
§ Restricts displaying or offering for sale a cigarette out of a pack.
§ Restricts access to tobacco products by non-employees.
The goal of this Act is to decrease access to tobacco products for youth and ultimately end illegal tobacco sales to and use by minors in Pennsylvania. In response to this Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Health conducts compliance checks at tobacco retailers across the state to make sure tobacco products are not sold to minors.
To report a tobacco retailer that is selling tobacco products to minors, please email the
Pennsylvania Department of Health at RA-DHTobaccoSales@pa.gov.
Please include the following information in your email: store name, address, county and
the type of product being sold to youth.
For more information, please contact:
Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control
625 Forster Street, Room 1032 Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 783-6600