Tobacco Use/Distribution Laws

The Environmental Health Division is responsible for the lawful retail distribution and use of tobacco products in public places.  This includes tobacco product sales to minors as well as enforcement of the “Clean Indoor Air Act” (CIAA) which prohibits the use of tobacco in public indoor spaces and workplaces.

Tobacco Distribution

Each year, every tobacco retailer in Cattaraugus County is inspected for compliance with the NYS Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act and requirements concerning the display, placement, packaging and distribution of tobacco products.  In addition to this inspection, undercover youths are used to attempt to purchase tobacco products from retailers to verify compliance with laws prohibiting distribution to minors.

Tobacco Use Restrictions

The CIAA regulations prohibiting smoking in public places were enacted by the New York State Legislature in July of 2003.  This piece of legislation prohibits the use of tobacco in all public indoor spaces and workplaces unless a waiver has been granted by the Board of Health.  The Health Department conducts routine compliance checks at bars and restaurants throughout the county and fines owners found violating the law.  If you witness smoking in a public place or someone selling cigarettes to a minor, you can report these to the Health Department at (716) 701-3386 for investigation and enforcement.

Information related to the CIAA may be found in the links below.

Local Electronic Cigarette & Herbal Cigarette Restrictions

A local law prohibiting the distribution of electronic cigarettes and herbal cigarettes (cigarettes not containing tobacco) to minors and their use in indoor public places was enacted by the Cattaraugus County Legislature in 2011.

Forms & Links

Application/Renewal of Registration As A Membership Association Pursuant To The NYS Clean Indoor Air Act

CCHD Sanitary Code - Part 31: Placement of Tobacco Products

NYS Department of Health: Clean Indoor Air Act

NYS Public Health Law, Article 13-F, "Regulation of Tobacco Products and Herbal Cigarettes; Distribution To Minors"

Local Law Regulating Electronic Cigarettes & Herbal Cigarettes

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