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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 Shell 4001 Aspen Hill Road  Silver Spring  MD  20906 
December 11, 2014 Lucky Leadway Food Store 5002 South Third Street  Memphis  TN  38109 
December 11, 2014 Cenex 911 Highway 34 East  Detroit Lakes  MN  56501 
December 11, 2014 Bellwether Market 8 Bellwether Way  Bellingham  WA  98225 
December 11, 2014 Family Dollar 2178 Campbellton Road Southwest  Atlanta  GA  30311 
December 11, 2014 APlus/Sunoco 403 South MacDill Avenue  Tampa  FL  33609 
December 11, 2014 BigFoot Java 13521 Pacific Avenue South  Parkland  WA  98444 
December 11, 2014 Walmart Supercenter #523 4609 Northwest Loop 436  Carthage  TX  75633 
December 11, 2014 BP 2 Central Entrance East  Duluth  MN  55811 
December 11, 2014 Wal-Mart #1223 5500 Thomasville Road  Tallahassee  FL  32312 
December 11, 2014 Citgo Food Mart 25024 West US 12  Sturgis  MI  49091 
December 11, 2014 J.J. Peppers Food Store 10 South State Street  Elgin  IL  60123 
December 11, 2014 Family Dollar 622 Somerville Avenue  Somerville  MA  02143 
December 11, 2014 Chevron Food Mart 2959 Campbellton Road Southwest  Atlanta  GA  30311 
December 11, 2014 Thorntons 1118 West Touhy Avenue  Park Ridge  IL  60068 
December 11, 2014 Sunshine Foods of St. Petersburg 2210 62nd Avenue South  Saint Petersburg  FL  33712 
December 11, 2014 Sneakers Lounge 1159 62nd Avenue North  St. Petersburg  FL  33702 
December 11, 2014 Shell 226 South Blackstone Avenue  Colon  MI  49040 
December 11, 2014 Little Store 7002 Grand Avenue  Duluth  MN  55807 
December 11, 2014 Pit Stop 1004 Peel Street  Avon Park  FL  33825 
December 11, 2014 Bozied Oil Company/ The Gas Stop 916 6th Street  Brookings  SD  57006 
December 11, 2014 Walmart Supercenter #1220 2500 South Kirkman Road  Orlando  FL  32811 
December 11, 2014 Citgo Family Store 2989 Campbellton Road Southwest  Atlanta  GA  30311 
December 04, 2014 Cappelluti’s Deli 278 Belleville Turnpike  Kearny  NJ  07032 
December 04, 2014 Tobacco Pouch 6450 US 27 South  Sebring  FL  33870 


Contact FDA

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For General Inquiries:

Center for Tobacco Products Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Building 71, Room G335

Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002