Tobacco Enforcement

The Tobacco Enforcement Section (TES) of the Public Protection Division promotes the health of Pennsylvania citizens by working to decrease the incidence of smoking throughout the Commonwealth.

The $206 billion Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the Tobacco Industry has given rise to numerous legal issues which are handled by the Tobacco Enforcement Section.

Primary roles of the Tobacco Enforcement Section include monitoring compliance with the payment provisions in the MSA; enforcing restrictions placed upon the Tobacco Industry in the areas of marketing, advertising, promotions, and sponsorship; working to make current laws dealing with tobacco issues work more effectively; and, defending the MSA and other tobacco legislation against court challenges.

  • Certifications are currently being accepted.  Certify early to ensure inclusion on the Directory.  RYO brands are currently being certified and will added to the Directory upon approval
  • Certification Forms due by January 28, 2017
  • RYO brands must be added to the Directory by March 14, 2017
  • All non-certified RYO brands will be deemed contraband and subject to seizure on March 28, 2017
  • PA Bulletin – October 15, 2016

Pursuant to § 907, after September 22, 2009, a cigarette or any of its component parts shall not contain an artifical or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke.  Click here to read the H. R. 1256 Act.