Prevent the Sale Law

Welcome to PREVENT THE SALE! A training resource for Idaho tobacco and electronic smoking device product retailers and their employees.

Here Idaho tobacco and electronic smoking device product retailers and their employees can get valuable education and training support to help comply with all aspects of Idaho's "Prevention of Minors' Access to Tobacco Products or Electronic Smoking Devices" law.

Know the law

Idaho businesses that sell tobacco or electronic smoking device products must comply with Idaho's "Prevention of Minors' Access to Tobacco Products or Electronic Smoking Devices" law and must train employees about minors and tobacco and electronic smoking device product sales. By law, any employee who sells tobacco or electronic smoking device products must sign a Department of Health and Welfare form indicating that they understand the state law and requirements.

It is illegal to sell tobacco or electronic smoking device products to persons under 21 years of age. Tobacco and electronic smoking device products include, but are not limited to:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Snuff
  • Loose leaf tobacco
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Tobacco papers
  • Vape liquid
  • Vape devices and components
State Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho
Idaho Administrative Rules
Read the Idaho Administrative Rule 16.07.25 - Prevention of Minors' Access to Tobacco Products or Electronic Smoking Devices to learn more about how to comply with the Idaho law preventing the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to minors.
It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
Numbers to remember
21
How old a person must be in Idaho to purchase tobacco products.
$100
Amount you personally can be fined if you sell tobacco to someone under age 21.
0
Amount of warning state inspections must give before visiting a store.
Did you know?
  • It is against the law to sell, distribute or offer tobacco or electronic smoking device products to a minor. Check photo identification to determine if a person is less than 21 years old.
  • If you sell tobacco or electronic smoking device products to someone under age 21, you personally can be fined $100.
  • State inspections can occur at any time to ensure compliance with the state law. Inspections occur without warning.
  • Unless a store sells only tobacco products, all tobacco sales must be vendor-assisted. This means customers of all ages must ask a clerk to access tobacco or electronic smoking device products for them. (A store is exempt from the vendor-assisted rule if 75% or more of the store's total merchandise is tobacco products.)
  • Cigarettes must be sold only in their original manufacturer’s packaging. Vendors cannot sell open packs, loose cigarettes, or any other promotional pack if it's not packaged for sale by the manufacturer.
Contacts
Idaho Tobacco Project
Address

450 W. State Street, 3rd Floor
Attn: Idaho Tobacco Project
Boise, ID 83720
United States

Phone