Tobacco Laws

llinois’ tobacco laws regulate the distribution, sale and taxation of tobacco products and include penalties for violations. Within these laws are provisions prohibiting the sale and purchase of tobacco products, tobacco accessories and smoking herbs to persons under the age of eighteen. Illinois laws are summarized in the “Just the Facts” sheet provided below.

In addition to state laws, many municipal governments have also established similar laws including licensure, display of signs and include penalties as well.

Federal Tobacco Laws

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was enacted in 2009, amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and providing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to regulate tobacco products, specifically cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The following links will provide guidance to these new regulations:

Protecting Kids from Tobacco A review of federal laws and current FDA interpretations.

Guidance for Industry: Tobacco Retailer Training Programs An explanation of how tobacco retailers can implement effective training programs for their employees.​