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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

Retailer Training and Enforcement


FDA is working to help retailers comply with tobacco regulations by providing webinars, training videos and guidance documents on how to educate employees about tobacco laws. FDA is also working with state regulators to enforce federal regulations.


Retailer Compliance Training
FDA hosts a webinar series to educate retailers across the country on federal tobacco regulations and how to comply. Additionally, training videos were created to assist industry and retailers in understanding these laws.


Guidance on Retailer Training Programs
FDA has issued two guidance documents related to retail training programs. The Tobacco Retailer Training Programs guidance assists tobacco retailers in developing effective training programs for employees. The Civil Money Penalties and No-Tobacco-Sale Orders guidance provides information on the penalties for violations for retailers with training programs that meet FDA standards and those without. 


Compliance Check Inspections of Retailers
Compliance check inspections of tobacco product retailers are conducted to determine a retailer's compliance with FDA regulations. Visit our searchable database for the results of the compliance check inspections.  FDA generally issues Warning Letters to retailers the first time a tobacco compliance check inspection reveals a violation of the federal tobacco laws and regulations that FDA enforces. The Overview: Tobacco Retailer Warning Letters provides a brief description of what retailers should do if they received a Warning Letter.


This website has been translated to Spanish from English, and is updated often. It is possible that some links will connect you to content only available in English or some of the words on the page will appear in English until translation has been completed (usually within 24 hours). We appreciate your patience with the translation process. In the case of any discrepancy in meaning, the English version is considered official. Thank you for visiting esp.fda.gov/tabaco.