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Tobacco Retailer Warning Letters


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Information on Tobacco Warning Letters

Warning Letters issued to tobacco retailers for violations observed during a compliance check inspection can be found below.

Compliance check inspections of tobacco retailers occur periodically, and are conducted to determine a retail establishment’s compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) and its regulations in effect, such as the Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents, found at Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1140 (21 C.F.R. Part 1140).

Tobacco Products Covered in Compliance Check Inspections of Tobacco Retailers: 

  • cigarettes
  • smokeless tobacco

The Overview: Tobacco Retailer Warning Letters provides a brief description of what retailers should do if they have received a Warning Letter.

*All other Warning Letters issued by CTP for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Tobacco Control Act and its applicable regulations, can be found at FDA’s main Warning Letter page at the Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations - Warning Letters page.

For information on FDA’s tobacco laws and regulations, visit http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/default.htm

Search for Warning Letters

The Compliance Check Database, containing the results of all inspections, including warning letters, is updated monthly. For the most recent tobacco warning letters, review the list of warning letters posted within the last 45 days below.

To download information about Warning Letters posted in the last 45 days to an Excel document:


Posted within the last 45 days

Date Stamp on Letter Retailer Store Name Retailer Street Address Retailer City Retailer State Retailer ZIP Code
December 11, 2014 Wal-Mart Supercenter #2596 2301 Freeway Drive  Mount Vernon  WA  98273 
December 11, 2014 Smoks Tobacco Outlet 8015 Front Beach Road  Panama City Beach  FL  32407 
December 11, 2014 West Medford Spa 439 High Street  Medford  MA  02155 
December 11, 2014 Citgo 299 Crescent Boulevard  Brooklawn  NJ  08030 
December 11, 2014 Sun’s Market 46 Juliustown Road  Browns Mills  NJ  08015 
December 11, 2014 Mitchell’s Market 178 West Mitchell Road  Memphis  TN  38109 
December 11, 2014 Treasures Gifts and Snacks 1501 4th Avenue, Suite 306  Seattle  WA  98101 
December 11, 2014 Exxon 2900 Riverside Drive  Macon  GA  31204 
December 11, 2014 APlus/Sunoco 403 South MacDill Avenue  Tampa  FL  33609 
December 11, 2014 Publix 16970 San Carlos Boulevard  Fort Myers  FL  33908 
December 11, 2014 Union Sq. Smoke Shop 54A Union Square  Somerville  MA  02143 
December 11, 2014 Peter’s Sports Bar 902 Lee Boulevard, #1  Lehigh Acres  FL  33936 
December 11, 2014 Jewel-Osco 217 Irving Park Road  Streamwood  IL  60107 
December 11, 2014 Maplewood Tobacco 2515 White Bear Avenue North  Maplewood  MN  55109 
December 11, 2014 AOC Food Mart 437 Main Street  Destin  FL  32541 
December 11, 2014 Chevron/Starvin’ Sam’s Mini-Mart 5639 Barrett Avenue  Ferndale  WA  98248 
December 11, 2014 Exxon/Tiger Mart 2096 Lakewood Road  Toms River  NJ  08755 
December 11, 2014 Mountain Top Tobacco 80 North Mountain Boulevard  Mountain Top  PA  18707 
December 11, 2014 Ecrm Snack Beverage & Grocery 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive  Fort Myers  FL  33908 
December 11, 2014 Patriot’s/Valero 8 South Main Street  Luthersville  GA  30251 
December 11, 2014 Handy Mart 1000 South McDonald Street  McKinney  TX  75069 
December 11, 2014 Captains Cabin 3380 Mercantile Avenue  Naples  FL  34104 
December 11, 2014 California Pure Water 1535 Landess Avenue, Suite 102  Milpitas  CA  95035 
December 11, 2014 In-n-Out Markets 743 North Century Avenue  Maplewood  MN  55119 
December 11, 2014 BP 9650 4th Street North  St. Petersburg  FL  33702 


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