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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
October 30, 2014 Family Dollar 2244 University Avenue  Hot Springs  SD  57747 
October 30, 2014 Only One Lounge 201 South Main Street  Lennox  SD  57039 
October 30, 2014 KPS Liquor Mart 3840 Pacific Avenue, Suite 102  Tacoma  WA  98418 
October 30, 2014 Lewis Drug 741 South Washington Avenue  Madison  SD  57042 
October 30, 2014 Maple Check Food & Liquor 1942 Springfield Avenue  Maplewood  NJ  07040 
October 30, 2014 Walgreens #07614 902 North Main Street  Lumberton  TX  77657 
October 30, 2014 Dollar General Meade Shopping Center US 52  Gilbert  WV  25621 
October 30, 2014 Plaza Tower News Stand 800 South Gay Street  Knoxville  TN  37929 
October 30, 2014 Q-Stop Food Store 315 West California Street  Gainesville  TX  76240 
October 30, 2014 Marathon State Highway 52  Gilbert  WV  25621 
October 30, 2014 Ernie’s Fuel Stop 22108 84th Avenue South  Kent  WA  98032 
October 30, 2014 Food Mart/Chevron 4356 East University Drive  Mesa  AZ  85205 
October 30, 2014 Snack & Go 101 Absecon Boulevard  Absecon  NJ  08201 
October 30, 2014 Smokin’ Joe’s Tobacco Shop 952 Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard  Wilkes-Barre  PA  18720 
October 30, 2014 Fremont Travel Plaza 7487 East State Highway 110  Fremont  WI  54940 
October 30, 2014 Speed Smart/Chevron 5965 East Brown Road  Mesa  AZ  85205 
October 30, 2014 The Shops at the Phoenician / Pinatas 6000 East Camelback Road  Scottsdale  AZ  85251 
October 30, 2014 Quick Stop 7123 East Oak Street  Scottsdale  AZ  85257 
October 30, 2014 Milford Package Store 270 Main Street  Milford  MA  01757 
October 30, 2014 Alegria Hispana 7164 49th Street North  Pinellas Park  FL  33781 
October 30, 2014 Marshfield Village Store 1425 US Route 2  Marshfield  VT  05658 
October 30, 2014 Hillbilly’s 607 South Dakota Highway 11  Alcester  SD  57001 
October 30, 2014 Publix 3551 US Highway 441 South  Okeechobee  FL  34974 
October 30, 2014 Hy-Vee 907 State Street South  Fairmont  MN  56031 
October 30, 2014 Minit Mart 1780 Bagnell Dam Boulevard  Lake Ozark  MO  65049 


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Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002