Age of sale signs compliant with the new law, as well as educational materials, have been sent by the Department to licensed retailers.

Materials are also available for immediate download here​.

Materials may be ordered for free here.

Free online training and quiz on Tobacco 21 available here​.​​

Quit Support

NRT (e.g. patch, gum, lozenge) can be sold to customers age 18 and older.

More help to quit tobacco, including e-cigarettes:​

​Last updated: October 31, 2019

Maryland Responsible Tobacco Retailer Program

Effective October 1, 2019, the statewide sales age increases to 21 for all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, vapes, pod-based devices such as JUUL and their e-liquids, and component parts and accessories).

Important changes impacting tobacco sales:
  • There is no "grandfather," phase-in, or grace period​ for individuals who are 18 years of age prior to 10/1/19. As of this date, no tobacco sales are permissible to any customer under 21.
  • The only exemption to this law is for active duty military personnel ages 18 or older with valid military identification.  
  • Valid driver's license or other valid government-issued ID are the only acceptable forms of identification for tobacco purchases (employer or school ID not permitted).
  • Retailers are required to post new age of sale signs in their establishments stating, "No person under the age of 21 may be sold tobacco products without military identification." (Compliant signs will be sent by the Department to all licensed retailers. These signs are also available now for download.)

How to comply with the new law:

  1. Post an​ age of sale sign (compliant with the new law)
  2. Use a driver’s license or government-issued ID to verify customer age
  3. Train all staff on tobacco sales procedures and policies​:​
      • Ask for valid photo ID from everyone under 27.
      • Check to make sure everyone is at least 21.*
      • Refuse to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products to everyone under 21.*

    *The minimum sales age remains 18 for active duty military with valid military identification.​​

    Visit the FAQs​ for more information on the new law.                    

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                       compliant with new law

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    Download and Order Free Materials Here.

    Thank you for being a responsible tobacco retailer​.

    Retailers are an important part of our communities, providing goods and services to residents of all ages. Licensed tobacco retailers are uniquely positioned to act responsibly and help reduce and eliminate underage access to tobacco products in Maryland.

    Maryland is serious about keeping our communities tobacco-free and is increasing educational efforts and retailer compliance checks across the state.​ We appreciate your efforts to help reduce underage access to tobacco products.​

    This website provides materials and resources needed to train and educate retail owners and staff in order to remain compliant with all youth tobacco sales laws. We encourage everyone to utilize and share the resources provided.