File A Smoke-Free Air Complaint

Use the links below to file a complaint with your local health department.

Smoke-Free Air Forms

Local Health Departments

Reporting Illegal Sales to The Department of Taxation

To report illegal sales of untaxed or counterfeit cigarettes to New Jersey's Department of Taxation, click the button below.

NJ Department of Taxation

Cigarette Forms

The following cigarette forms are available by clicking below:

  • Cigarette retailers license applications
  • Cigarette distributor tax forms
  • Cigarette manufacturer & wholesaler tax forms
  • Prior year forms

Cigarette Forms

Regulations and Enforcement

Required Signage for Tobacco Retailers

Effective November 1, 2017, licensed merchants must post, as a condition of the license, a legible sign, at least 6 inches by 3 inches in size with bold letters at least one-quarter inch high, stating the following:

New Jersey law states: A PERSON WHO SELLS OR OFFERS A TOBACCO PRODUCT TO A PERSON UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE SHALL PAY A PENALTY OF UP TO $1,000 AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO A LICENSE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION. PROOF OF AGE MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PURCHASE. -N.J. Stat. 54:40A-4.1

For your convenience, download and use this signage, which meets the legal requirements for display. These signs must be clearly visible where tobacco products are displayed and at the cash register.

Smoke-Free Air

New Jersey's Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 ensures that workers have a safe, smoke-free workplace and that all nonsmokers -- including children and senior citizens -- can breathe smoke-free air in public places.

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that can lead to illness and premature death in children and non-smoking adults, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. As New Jersey’s Smoke-Free Air Act states, it is clearly in the public interest to prohibit smoking in enclosed indoor spaces.

The law is an important part of New Jersey’s effort to eliminate tobacco use as one of our most significant public health threats, reduce smoking-related illnesses and save lives for generations to come.

The Smoke-Free Air Act requires that a "No Smoking" sign be prominently posted at every public entrance and properly maintained where smoking is prohibited. Signs must also be posted in areas where smoking is permitted.

Indoor public places where smoking is still permitted:

• Hotels, motels or other lodging establishments may permit smoking in up to 20% of guest rooms;
• Within the perimeters of casino gaming areas, and casino simulcasting facilities;
• Registered cigar bars or lounges that in calendar year ending December 31, 2004, generated 15% or more of total annual gross income from the sale of tobacco products;
• Tobacco retail establishments whose primary activity (51%) is the retail sale of tobacco products and accessories and the sale of other products is incidental.

Click here to access the Smoke-Free Air Act.

State of New Jersey Tobacco Regulations

Click on the regulation citations to review each in full.

  • NJ Code 2A:170-51.4 & NJ Code 2C:33-13.1- The sale of tobacco and/or any type of smoking device to someone under the age of 21 is prohibited.
  • NJ Code 2A:170-51.6 - The sale and/or distribution of certain flavored cigarettes is prohibited.
  • NJ Code 2A:170-51.9 - Explains restrictions, violations, and penalties regarding the sale and distribution of liquid nicotine.
  • New Jersey Administrative Code - Click here and navigate to N.J.A.C. 8 Chapter 6 to access the administrative rules implementing the Smoke-Free Air Act.
Tobacco Age of Sale Enforcement (TASE)

TASE is a federally mandated inspection program (administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention – SAMHSA-CSAP) to test the NJ law prohibiting sale of tobacco to minors under the age of 18 years. (As of November 1, 2017, New Jersey law further prohibits the sale of tobacco products to any person under the age of 21 years.) Every year from July 1 through September 30, tobacco inspectors conduct random, unannounced compliance checks to a sample of licensed retail tobacco vendors. 

FDA Tobacco Compliance Check Inspection Program

To protect the health of future generations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) partners with states to closely monitor retailer compliance with Federal tobacco laws and regulations and takes corrective action when violations occur. FDA and partner states conduct inspections of tobacco product retailers to determine a retailer's compliance with federal laws and regulations, including The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Tobacco Control Act, and FDA’s rules and regulations. For more information regarding the FDA Tobacco Compliance Check Inspection Program, see: https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/compliance-enforcement-training/ctp-compliance-enforcement#:~:text=Compliance%20Check%20Inspections,and%20our%20rules%20and%20regulations.

 

Last Reviewed: 6/18/2020