Forty-eight states prohibit adults from buying cigarettes for underage smokers and some states make it illegal for a retailer to sell tobacco products to someone who appears to be buying for a minor.
(A handful of states have exceptions, providing limited authority to parents or guardians.)
Is giving a minor a cigarette illegal?
It is illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. It is illegal for minors to smoke in public, and for anyone to give or sell tobacco to a minor.
What is the punishment for buying a minor cigarettes?
Selling cigarettes to minors is a criminal offense, usually a misdemeanor. Penalties include: Fines ranging from $200 to $1,000.
Can you sell cigarettes if you are under 18?
It is an offence to sell cigarettes, tobacco and cigarette papers to a person under the age of 18 years old. The magistrates can prohibit them from selling cigarettes from certain premises for up to one year. There is no law relating to a minimum age that prevents a person who works in shop from selling cigarettes.
Can minors sell tobacco products?
Only sell tobacco products to customers age 18 or older. Do NOT sell tobacco products in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility.