New York Smoking Laws

In April 2014, Mayor Bloommberg signed an amendment to the Smoke-Free Air Act, which puts e-cigarettes in the same category as regular cigarettes. This means that wherever it is illegal to smoke regular cigarettes it will be illegal to smoke vaporizing electronic cigarettes. The rules also ban the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco to anyone under 18 years old.

Here are some laws associated with traditional cigarettes:

The Law

New York smoking law states that it is unlawful for any person to sell tobacco products, shisha, herbal cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or smoking paraphernalia to any person under the age of 18. N.Y. [PUB. HEALTH] LAW § 1399-cc

The Penalties

In New York, strict penalties are imposed on minors who use or purchase tobacco products in order to deter underage smoking and safeguard the well-being of young individuals. One of the key consequences for such actions is the imposition of fines.

For a first offense, minors may face fines ranging from $300 to $1,000. This wide range of fines reflects the severity of the offense and allows for consideration of the specific circumstances surrounding each case. By imposing substantial fines, the state aims to discourage minors from engaging in tobacco-related activities and promote healthier lifestyle choices.

Subsequent offenses carry even higher penalties to emphasize the importance of compliance with tobacco laws. Minors who commit repeated offenses may be subject to minimum fines of $500, which can escalate up to $1,500. These increasing fines for subsequent offenses underscore the significance of breaking the law multiple times and serve as a stronger deterrent against continued underage tobacco use.

It is essential for minors to understand and respect these penalties in order to make informed decisions regarding tobacco use. By imposing significant fines, New York seeks to discourage underage smoking, protect the health of young individuals, and foster a smoke-free environment for the betterment of the community as a whole.

The Solution

Have you been required by a judge to complete a tobacco awareness course? If so, our youth tobacco awareness class is ideal for you. offers a 4 and 8 hour course which is available entirely online and accessible whenever you are. Register today from your computer or smartphone and start your class now!

If you choose not to pay the fine, you may attend a court hearing to challenge the citation.

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How does the course work?

We offer a New York tobacco awareness course is both a 4-hour and 8-hour format, so there is one for whatever type of fine you received. Once you decide which course is the right one for you, you can sign up online and get started.

How much time should I set aside?

The course takes a different length of time for everyone to complete. You can work at your own speed, logging in and out as your schedule allows. This gives you the flexibility to take breaks when you need them.

When do I pay for the course?

You will pay for the course when you sign up online and we accept all forms of payment online to make it convenient for you. The course price includes everything you will need from start to finish and the delivery of your certificate of completion is totally free.

How does the final exam work?

At the end of the course is a final exam made up of multiple-choice questions from the chapter material that you will need to pass before getting your certificate of completion. The course prepares you completely to pass the final the very first time, but should you need more attempts you can take retake it as many times as you need for free and without penalty.

New York Tobacco Laws

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