District Health Department No. 2 partners with Northern Michigan Regional Entity to conduct tobacco compliance checks at tobacco retailers across the district. Staff also work with local law enforcement and state law enforcement officials to assist. The goal of the program is to ensure compliance with the Michigan Youth Tobacco Act and ensure retailers are not selling tobacco to minors.
On Dec. 20, 2019, the President signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age for sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. This legislation (known as “Tobacco 21” or “T21”) became effective immediately, and it is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. The new federal minimum age of sale applies to all retail establishments and persons with no exceptions.
Tobacco retailers are responsible for complying with the Michigan Youth Tobacco Act in preventing underage tobacco use. This law requires tobacco retailers to post the Youth Tobacco Act warning sticker near each place of sale. Managers are also responsible for training their employees on properly checking identification. The state of Michigan has developed a Tobacco Retailer Kit to help retailers comply with the law. Penalties of breaking the Youth Tobacco Act may include fines and court costs.
Tobacco Control Act
To protect the public and create a healthier future for all Americans, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), signed into law on June 22, 2009, gives FDA authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products.
The Tobacco Control Act puts in place specific restrictions on marketing tobacco products to children and gives FDA authority to take further action in the future to protect public health. These provisions ban:
- sales to minors
- vending machine sales*
- the sale of packages of fewer than 20 cigarettes
- tobacco-brand sponsorships of sports and entertainment events or other social or cultural events
- free giveaways of sample cigarettes and brand-name non-tobacco promotional items
* except in adult-only facilities