How will the new legal sales age affect age verification?

Retailers must verify that customers who ask for cigarettes, other tobacco products or electronic cigarettes are at least 21 years old. If a customer looks like he/she is under30 years old, retailers must ask for proof of age. Any of these documents constitutes acceptable proof of age: 

  • A valid photo driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by a state or other U.S. or Canadian government agency. 
  • A valid passport. 
  •  A photo ID issued by the armed forces of the United States. 

ID cards issued by employers, schools or colleges are not acceptable forms of ID.

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1. What is the new Maine State Tobacco 21 law?
2. What is the City of Portland Maine Tobacco 21 ordinance?
3. Are there any exemptions to the City ordinance?
4. What does this mean for City of Portland tobacco retailers?
5. Why did Portland pass this ordinance?
6. What is defined as a tobacco product?
7. What are electronic cigarettes?
8. Will new signage be required for Portland stores?
9. How will the new legal sales age affect age verification?
10. Is there an age requirement for sales clerks?
11. What are the penalties for a violation?
12. When does this ordinance go into effect?
13. How will this ordinance be enforced?
14. How can I see the actual ordinance?
15. What if I have questions or need more information?