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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.


GENERAL INFORMATION


TOBACCO MANUFACTURERS

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.

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  • WHOLESALE DEALERS

    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 an electronic version of the form, click here. This form requires Adobe Reader 7 or higher. Adobe Reader is a free product, click here to download. If you have difficulties submitting the form please contact webperson.

    View the current listing of Cigarette Brands Certified as Fire-Safe and Legal for Sale in Vermont, Approved Package Markings, and RYO Brands Legal for Sale in Vermont.

    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 misctaxes@state.vt.us. 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.


    RETAILERS

    In order to engage in retail sales of tobacco products, retailers must obtain a license from the Department of Liquor Control. For more information, contact Sergeant Martin Prevost at martin.prevost@state.vt.us. 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


    For more information on how to get help quitting smoking, please visit: www.VTQuitnetwork.org, or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

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