The state of Maine prohibits the sale of cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco (RYO) not listed on a Directory maintained by this Office. Any person who sells cigarettes or RYO not included on the Directory commits a criminal offense, as well as a violation of Maine's Unfair Trade Practices Act. 22 MRSA §1580-L.
If you are a compliant tobacco product manufacturer, as defined by Maine law, and would like your brands to be included in the Directory, you must complete and submit:
In addition, the State of Maine has a rule (PDF) that requires certain non-participating manufacturers to make and certify quarterly escrow payments. If required, you must submit:
Tobacco distributors are required to file a quarterly sales reporting form (PDF, requires the free Adobe Reader) with the Office of the Attorney General, pursuant to 22 MRSA §1580-L(9).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Attorney General Vivian Mikhail via email at Vivian.Mikhail@maine.gov.
The Office of the Attorney General and Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine (PTM) are involved in an initiative called NO BUTS: Blocking Underage Tobacco Sales! This program requires that participating retailers adopt responsible tobacco retailing practices, and assists them with training employees on how to block underage tobacco sales.
This Office also oversees the enforcement of Maine's Juvenile Tobacco Law, 22 M.R.S.A. ch. 262-A.
Public Smoking and Workplace Smoking
The Office of the Attorney General and Department of Health and Human Services provide guidance regarding Maine law pertaining to smoking in public places and workplace smoking. The Office of the Attorney General enforces violations of Maine’s laws relating to smoking in public places and workplace smoking, including provisions governing smoking in private clubs.