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It is Illegal to Buy Cigarettes/Tobacco Products by Internet, Phone, or Mail-Order
The sale and/or purchase of cigarette/tobacco products via the internet, phone, or by mail-order is prohibited, except to licensed persons. Distributors or wholesalers who sell cigarette or tobacco products into Utah must ascertain whether or not a person ordering the cigarette/tobacco products is licensed in the state. The law is intended to direct consumers to licensed vendors of cigarette products. This law ensures that:
- cigarette/tobacco products sold in Utah are treated as controlled substances;
- taxes are collected on the sale of cigarette/tobacco products.
For more information, see Utah Code §59-14-509.
Any person making sales to unlicensed individuals in Utah via the internet, phone, or mail order will be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation. Each sale into Utah will be considered a separate violation.
Private citizens who do not own or operate a business (as cigarette/tobacco retailer, distributor, wholesaler, or manufacturer) are not permitted under Utah law to obtain a cigarette/tobacco license. For more information on cigarette/tobacco licensing see Cigarette and Tobacco Licensing.