As part of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s tobacco control program, the FDA is contracting state departments of health to carry out inspections of retail shops to ensure compliance with the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (the Tobacco Control Act).
As part of these inspections, the FDA will be looking for compliance on the following:
- check identification of all individuals who are under age 27;
- not sell cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to anyone younger than age 18;
- sell cigarettes or smokeless tobacco only in a direct, face-to-face exchange, except in adult-only facilities;
- not break open any cigarette or smokeless tobacco package to sell products in smaller quantities;
- remove any promotional items in the retail environment that violate the regulations, such as self-service displays and certain advertising and labeling;
- not sell cigarettes with certain characterizing flavors.