Tobacco Merchant Information
The federal Synar Amendment requires that states enact laws that prohibit the sale and distribution of tobacco products and e-cigarettes/vapor products to persons under the age of 21 and to effectively enforce those laws.
New Statewide Vaping Awareness Campaign
The Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Wheeler's Connecticut Clearinghouse have launched a statewide vaping awareness campaign. The campaign informs teens and young adults about the risks associated with vaping nicotine and encourages individuals who vape to seek help and support with quitting.
Social influencers filmed unboxing videos to demonstrate that vaping can lead to addiction, poor athletic performance, and changes to physical appearance. Watch some of the videos below.
Visit Know Ur Vape for more information about vaping, its harmful effects, and resources available to help with quitting.
FOX61 Student News Segments
The Tobacco Merchant & Community Education Steering Committee sponsored a FOX61 Student News Award during the 2022-2023 school year. Students across Connecticut were encouraged to film news segments on the risks of tobacco use and vaping. Watch the video below for more information about the award guidelines.
Students from four Connecticut schools submitted fantastic segments! Click on the links below to view their submissions.
Vaping: The Controversial Trend - Sakib Hossain, Cromwell High School - *AWARD WINNER*
Dangers of Teen Vaping - Michael Andrews and Spencer Campbell, Shepaug Valley High School
Nicotine Comes in a New Form Attractive to Teens - Spencer Peterson III, Hall High School
Vape Laws for a Cause - Jerry Morris and James Taylor, Daniel Hand High
New CT Tobacco Law Effective 7/1/22
New Tobacco Law Movie Theater Public Service Announcement
Connecticut Tobacco Laws
State Law Quick Reference Card
Connecticut Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program
Connecticut Tobacco Prevention Education Program for Retailers
What You Do Matters 2021 Campaign - Video Ads
You Are Responsible
What You Do Matters Campaign - Static Ads
Public Service Announcements
Responsible Connecticut Retailer Newsletter
Signage for Retailers
- State Tobacco & E-Cigarette Notice of Law Signs
- Door Decal
- Cash Register Sticker
- Under 30? Have ID Ready Postcard
- Carding During COVID-19 Postcard
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The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services contracted with Wheeler Clinic's Connecticut Clearinghouse to conduct a comprehensive Tobacco Merchant Education Campaign. A key element of the campaign is the Tobacco Merchant and Community Education Steering Committee led by the Clearinghouse. Membership includes tobacco retailers, state agency partners, and local coalitions.
The Tobacco Merchant Education Campaign contains information on Connecticut's tobacco laws for owners, managers and employees of establishments that sell tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems. The campaign materials include an educational training on the law, the Notice of Connecticut Tobacco Law, cash register stickers and door decals.
Contact Connecticut Clearinghouse at 1.800.232.4424 to request educational materials.
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program's (TPEP) website can be accessed by clicking here: