Texas Tobacco Enforcement –
The Comptroller of Public Accounts is the state agency providing oversight and administration of tobacco enforcement laws in Texas. This site has information on permitting tobacco retailers, laws and administrative rules regarding the sales and possession of tobacco in Texas.
In 1997, the Texas Legislature enacted a bill (SB 55) that made it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors - those younger than 18 years of age. Anyone 27 years old or younger must present a valid identification before buying tobacco products. Warning signs must be posted at each retailer's location.
Retailers must notify employees of the law, and obtain their signatures as record of the notification.
Penalty for Violations
If the Comptroller finds, after notice and hearing, that a retailer has sold cigarettes, cigars and/or tobacco products to a minor, at a place of business for which a permit is issued, the Comptroller may suspend or revoke the permit for that place of business or assess an administrative fine in an amount up to $1000 per violation. (Tax Code, Sec. 154.1142 and Sec. 155.0592)
Comptroller Information about Tobacco Permits: (800) 862-2260
Seller Training Certification: (800) 531-5441, ext. 6-5946
Tax Enforcement Issues: (800) 388-2883