Salt Lake County Health DepartmentGeneral Information Salt Lake County, UT 385-468-4100
We offer FREE retail education training to all Salt Lake County tobacco retailers. The training can be completed in as little as 20 minutes and is completely free.
To schedule an in-person training, call 385-468-5315.
It is against the law to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 19. This includes cigars, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, tobacco paraphernalia, and related products.
A person who sells a tobacco product to someone under 19 can be charged criminally as follows:
A tobacco retail store/license holder where an employee sells tobacco illegally may be subject to the following fines:
(Repeat offenses and associated penalties are based on a 12-month “rolling calendar” from the date of the first offense.)
There are also federal laws that Utah tobacco retailers are required to follow. Visit the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration for more information about retailer education materials and a full list of applicable federal laws.
The following are acceptable forms of identification that customers may use to purchase tobacco or related products:
For more information about Utah Driver Licenses and I.D. cards, visit the Utah Department of Public Safety's Driver License Division.
Ask anyone who looks under 27 to show you a current photo ID.
Utah’s driver licenses also show the year in which the individual is old enough to purchase tobacco (in blue) and alcohol (in red) to the right of their picture.
"They’re for my mom and dad" or "I have a note from my mom."
Customers must be 19 or older to buy tobacco, period. You are the one who would be fined or sent to jail if you sell to a minor.
"I'm sorry, but I can’t sell you tobacco without a picture ID to verify your age."
"I’m sorry, but it’s illegal for me to sell cigarettes to anyone under 19 years old."
You can always refuse to sell tobacco to anyone who does not look old enough, even if they have ID.