Tobacco vending machines must be in direct view of employees, contain only tobacco products
80% of adult smokers who are nicotine dependent report that they started smoking before the age of 18 (SAMHSA)
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Montana Youth Access to Tobacco - Compliance Check FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (continued):
  • WHAT IS AN "OFFICIAL INSPECTION" AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM A SURVEY? - Official inspections are an ongoing activity. They are assigned randomly throughout the state. These are completed for enforcement purposes and the minor inspector will purchase the tobacco. If a minor inspector completes a sale, it is a violation and there will be a notification of the violation and its consequences. However, notifications of tobacco violations are not given immediately as they are a civil, rather than criminal, violation of the law.

  • WHY AM I BEING SURVEYED SO OFTEN? ARE YOU SURE I'M NOT BEING TARGETED OR HARASSED? - Because surveys are conducted by county and the individual surveyors decide on their own schedule within a set of dates for start and completion of their assigned counties, sometimes a business will seem to be being surveyed often. That is usually followed by a seemingly longer period between surveys. Don't let this make you complacent...official inspections can take place at any time during the year. We just want you to be prepared for these inspections, to ID every person who could reasonably be under 18, and refuse tobacco sales to minors.

  • WHY IS THIS MY RESPONSIBILITY ANYWAY? - Every job comes with responsibility. If you sell tobacco products, refusing sales of tobacco products to minors is one of yours. It would be great if kids never tried to purchase tobacco from a retailer, but sometimes they make poor decisions. You are the first line of defense for the young people in your community and we thank you for your efforts in keeping harmful tobacco products out of the hands of minors.
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