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      RS 26:911     

  

§911. Acts prohibited

            A. No person, agent, associate, employee, representative, or servant of any person shall permit any of the following acts to be done on or about any premises which sells or offers for sale tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products:

            (1) Sell or serve tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products over-the-counter in a retail establishment to any person under the age of eighteen unless such person submits a driver's license, selective service card, or other lawful identification which on its face establishes the age of the person as eighteen years or older and there is no reason to doubt the authenticity or correctness of the identification.

            (2) Violate the terms and provisions of R.S. 14:91.6 relative to the unlawful distribution of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products.

            (3) Violate the terms and provisions of the "Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Law" under R.S. 14:91.8.

            (4) Violate the terms and provisions of this Chapter or any rules or regulations promulgated by the office pursuant to this Chapter.

            (5) Accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program "SNAP" electronic benefit transfer cards as payment for tobacco products in violation of the provisions of 7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq., and any federal regulation issued pursuant thereto.

            (6) Illegally sell, offer for sale, possess, or permit the consumption on or about the licensee's premises of any kind or type of controlled dangerous substance.

            B.(1)(a) No retail dealer shall purchase tobacco products for resale except from a wholesale dealer operating with a valid unsuspended wholesale dealer permit, except as provided for in this Chapter.

            (b) No vapor retail dealer shall purchase alternative nicotine products or vapor products for resale except from a manufacturer of those products or a wholesale dealer operating with a valid unsuspended Louisiana wholesale dealer permit, except as provided for in this Chapter.

            (2) No wholesale dealer shall sell tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products for resale except to a retail dealer operating with either a valid registration certificate or a valid unsuspended permit.

            (3)(a) Notwithstanding Paragraphs (B)(1) and (2), any tobacconist at a particular retail outlet as defined in Subparagraph (B)(3)(b) may purchase tobacco products for such retail outlet from any manufacturer, wholesale dealer, if such dealer has a valid, unsuspended certificate or permit, or other supplier.

            (b) "Tobacconist at a particular outlet" for purposes of this Paragraph means a retail dealer engaged in receiving bulk smoking tobacco for the purpose of blending such tobacco for retail sale at a particular retail outlet where fifty percent or more of the total purchases for the preceding twelve months were purchases of tobacco products, excluding cigarettes.

            C. No wholesale dealer shall sell to a retail dealer and no retail dealer shall sell to the public single cigarettes. No individual package of cigarettes shall be sold or distributed in individual packages containing fewer than twenty cigarettes. No smoking tobacco intended for use as roll-your-own smoking tobacco for cigarettes shall be sold or distributed in individual packages containing less than six-tenths of one ounce of smoking tobacco. No cigarette or smokeless tobacco product shall be sold to the public except in an unopened package originating with the manufacturer, bearing the health warning required by federal law, and evidencing that the applicable tax under Chapter 8 of Subtitle II of Title 47 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 has been paid.

            D. Manufacturers of vapor products shall not sell vapor products in this state without authorization from the office of alcohol and tobacco control pursuant to rules promulgated by the commissioner of the office of alcohol and tobacco control. The request for authorization shall include:

            (1) The name, telephone number, and address of the applicant.

            (2) The name, telephone number, and address of the manufacturing facility.

            (3) The name, telephone number, title, and address of the person responsible for the manufacturing facility.

            (4) Verification that the facility will comply with applicable tobacco products good manufacturing practices pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 387f(e) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

            (5) Verification that the manufacturer will comply with the applicable ingredient listing required by 21 U.S.C. 387d(a)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

            Acts 1997, No. 1370, §2, eff. Oct. 1, 1997; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 84, §1, eff. May 1, 1998; Acts 1999, No. 1265, §1, eff. July 12, 1999; Acts 2012, No. 28, §1; Acts 2014, No. 278, §2, eff. May 28, 2014; Acts 2019, No. 424, §1, eff. June 20, 2019.



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