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Updated Fine Schedule for Tobacco Violations

All tobacco retailers should be aware that the Department of Health and Human Services released an updated fine schedule for tobacco violations. The increase is based on an adjustment for inflation. Note that the adjusted amounts apply to all fines assessed after August 1, 2016, even if the violation occurred as far back as November 2, 2015. 


Number of ViolationsPrevious AmountAdjusted Amount
1 $0 with a Warning Letter $0 with a Warning Letter
2 within a 12-month period $250 $279
3 within a 24-month period $500 $559
4 within a 24-month period $2,000 $2,236
5 within a 36-month period $5,000 $5,591
6 within a 48-month period $10,000 $11,182




As a retailer, you are responsible for knowing the rules and fines associated with tobacco sales. The FDA’s approach is to hold each store responsible for its own sales activity, whether it is part of a chain or independent. 

If you have additional questions, you can contact us at or 1-877-540-5500.


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