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Retail Sales Regulations

Tobacco retail sales regulations reduce the sale of tobacco and inhalant delivery systems to minors.

Get information sheets about the tobacco and inhalant delivery systems sales laws, recent rules and how to comply, as well as information about state and federal compliance inspections.

Retailer Compliance

Download these one-page information sheets for printing, posting and distribution.

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Notice Posting Requirements

Oregon tobacco retailers must post a notice substantially similar to the downloadable sign below. The notice must be in a location that is clearly visible to the seller and purchaser.

Size: Large - 8½ x 11"
Size: Large - 8½ x 11"

Tobacco Sales Laws

Tobacco and inhalant delivery system retailers are responsible for complying with sales laws in Oregon.

Oregon revised statutes (ORS) and Oregon administrative rules (OAR) regulate the sales and distribution of tobacco and inhalant delivery systems to minors, require retailers to post a notice about the prohibition of selling tobacco and inhalant delivery systems to minors (less than 18 years or age) and prohibit tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems from being in a location where the these products are accessible by store customers without the assistance of a store employee. PDF iconTobacco and Inhalant Delivery Systems Sales to Minors, OAR 333-015-0200 to 0220

Inhalant delivery systems retailers are required to comply with Oregon packaging standards (e.g. prohibitions on “packaging that is attractive to minors” and requirements for child-resistant packaging) and all federal rules regulating inhalant delivery systems. PDF iconPackaging and Labeling Standards for Inhalant Delivery Systems, OAR 333-015-0300 to 0375

FDA Deeming Rule

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others.

The FDA will now be able to:

  • Prohibit free samples;
  • Require warning labels;
  • Prevent misleading health claims by tobacco product manufacturers;
  • Evaluate the ingredients of all tobacco products and how they are made; and,
  • Communicate the potential risks of tobacco products.

This final rule goes into effect on August 8, 2016.

For a summary of the rules for tobacco retailers, visit: Retailer Overview of FDA Regulations for Selling Tobacco Products.

Retail Inspections

All required Tobacco Retail Inspections programs are coordinated and managed by the Public Health Division.

Oregon's Retail Tobacco Inspection Programs

For more information about the types of inspections conducted in Oregon, view the PDF iconInspection Matrix.

Reporting Violations

See a violation? Report it.

FDA violations, including sales to minors, flavored cigarette sales, free samples, self-service, pack size, and marketing violations may be reported here:

Oregon law violations, including sales to minors, may be reported here: or 971-673-0984.

OHA seeks input on 2017 Synar Report

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking input and public comment on the draft 2017 Annual Synar Report, which covers October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.

The federal Synar Amendment requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to individuals younger than 18. States must enforce youth tobacco access laws in a manner that can reasonably be expected to reduce the extent to which tobacco products are available to individuals younger than 18. States must conduct random, unannounced inspections of youth-accessible tobacco outlets to assess tobacco retailer compliance with state law. State retailer violation rates must not surpass 20 percent.

States must submit an annual report detailing their activities. State reports must be made available for public comment prior to submission.

Oregon’s draft 2017 Annual Synar Report (pdf) is available for review and comment.

Written comments must be filed with the Public Health Division no later than 5 p.m. December 14, 2016. Comments may be emailed to or mailed to:

OHA Public Health Division
Attention: Tobacco Enforcement Policy Specialist
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 730
Portland, Oregon 97232

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