What are retailers required to do to ensure that customers are of legal age to purchase tobacco?
Retail clerks must ask to see a young person’s identification prior to selling them tobacco products. When examining the ID, retail clerks must also take the time to accurately calculate the age of the young person attempting to purchase tobacco. Since it is often difficult to determine a young person’s age by the way they look or dress, most stores institute policies requiring their employees to ask for ID any time a person appears to look 27 years of age or younger. Oregon driver’s licenses now have the word MINOR in large red letters that run down the side of the license. This should make it much easier for clerks to correctly identify the age of a customer.

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1. What is the legal age for purchasing cigarettes or smokeless tobacco?
2. What are retailers required to do to ensure that customers are of legal age to purchase tobacco?
3. Can a retailer sell to a child whose parent sends the child into a store to buy tobacco products for the parent?
4. What should a salesclerk do when the clerk suspects that a customer’s ID is fake or has been altered?
5. Is a retailer responsible for preventing parents or other adults from purchasing tobacco products for minors?
6. What if the minor becomes angry when I, as a retailer, refuse to sell tobacco?
7. What is a compliance check and how will it work?
8. Who is responsible under the regulations: the employer or the sales clerk?
9. For a retail establishment that has failed the first compliance check, how much time will elapse between when the violation occurred and when a second compliance check will be completed?
10. Will the City/Health Department notify retailers who are found to be in compliance with the new ordinance?
11. Do the penalties escalate with continued violations?
12. What happens if a retailer fails to pay the fine levied by the city?
13. What can a manager do to assure that his/her employees uphold the Law?