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On Jan 1, 2022 the Oregon Laws 2021, chapter 586 (a new ACT) goes into operational effect, requiring retailers to have a tobacco retail license. This is to help bring consistency to the enforcement of cigarette sale compliance across the state of Oregon. Here are a few facts you should know as a cigarette or tobacco retailer:

  • The license requirement begins January 1, 2022.
  • You can apply for a license in December 2021 and you should receive a letter from the state in November.
  • You can complete your license application online and it will need to be renewed yearly.
  • Have more than one location? A license fee will apply to each location on the application.
  • The total statewide tobacco retail license fee is $953.
  • The state will conduct an inspection at least once a year.
  • Who do you contact? Until the operational period begins on Jan 1, 2022, you can reach out to spa.help@dor.oregon.gov​. 

Colorado also instituted license requirements in 2021 which leaves 9 states without license provisions:

  • Arizona
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

How does Oregon fare against other states when it comes to maximum business penalties for tobacco retail sales violations?

State/TerritoryMaximum Business PenaltyCitation
American Samoa No Maximum A.S.C.A. § 13.1113
Ohio No Maximum OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 2929.21(c)(4)
New Mexico $       10,000SB 131
Rhode Island $       10,000R.I. GEN. LAWS §§ 44-20-3 and 11-9-13.15
Washington $       10,000WASH. REV. CODE ANN. § 9A.20.021
Arkansas $         5,000ARK. CODE ANN. §§ 26-57-226 and 5-4-201 and HB 1980
California $         5,000CAL. BUS & PROF CODE § 22981
District of Columbia $         5,000D.C. CODE ANN. § 47-2422
Georgia $         5,000GA. CODE. ANN. § 48-11-24
Illinois $         5,00035 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 130/3-10
Oregon $         5,000SB 587
Palau $         5,00011 PNCA § 1718
Alaska $         2,000ALASKA STAT. § 43.05.290(h)
North Dakota $         2,000N.D. CENT. CODE § 57-36-33; N.D. CENT. CODE § 12.1-32-01(5)
New Hampshire $         2,000N.H. REV. STAT. ANN. § 651:2(IV)(a)
Nevada $         2,000NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 193.140
New York $         2,000N.Y. TAX LAW § 480-A(3)(a) 
Texas $         2,000TEX. TAX CODE ANN. § 154..501(b); TEX. TAX CODE ANN. § 155.201(b)
Colorado $         1,000HB 1001
Connecticut $         1,000CONN. GEN. STAT. ANN §12-286
Delaware $         1,000DEL. CODE. ANN. tit. 30, § 5343
Kansas $         1,000KAN. STAT. ANN. § 79-3322(a)
Maryland $         1,000MD. CODE ANN. BUS. REG. § 16-214(b)(1)
Northern Mariana Islands $         1,0004 CMC § 50144
Pennsylvania $         1,00072 PA. CONS. STAT. § 228-A
Utah $         1,000UTAH CODE ANN. § 76-3-301 and HB 324
Wisconsin $         1,000WIS. STAT. § 139.44(5)
Alabama $            500HB 41
Florida $            500FLA. STAT. ANN § 569.005(1)
Louisiana $            500LA. REV. STAT. ANN. §47:859(A)
Maine $            500ME. REV. STAT. ANN. tit. 22, § 1554-B
Mississippi $            500MISS. CODE ANN. § 27-69-7 
Montana $            500MONT. CODE ANN. § 16-11-148
Nebraska $            500NEB. REV. STAT. § 28-106
U.S. Virgin Islands $            50027 V.I.C. § 307
Idaho $            300IDAHO CODE § 39-5709
Guam $            25011 GUAM CODE ANN. § 6307
New Jersey $            250N.J. REV. STAT. § 54: 40A-24(a) 
West Virginia $            250W. VA CODE § 11-12-4a(c)
Iowa $            200IOWA CODE ANN. § 453A.31
Vermont $            200VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 7, § 1002(e) 
Minnesota $               75MINN. STAT. ANN. § 461.12(2)
Massachusetts $               50MASS. GEN. LAWS ANN. ch. 64C § 10
Oklahoma $               30OKLA. STAT. tit. 68, § 304(2) 
Arizona No Provision  
Hawaii No Provision  
Indiana No Provision  
Kentucky No Provision  
Marshall Islands No Provision  
Michigan No Provision  
Missouri No Provision  
North Carolina No Provision  
Puerto Rico No Provision  
South Carolina No Provision  
South Dakota No Provision  
Tennessee No Provision  
Virginia No Provision  
Wyoming No Provision  

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References:

https://nccd.cdc.gov/STATESystem/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=OSH_State.CustomReports

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2021orlaw0586.pdf

https://www.oregon.gov/dor/programs/businesses/Pages/Statewide-Tobacco-Retail-License.aspx