|(a) Warning Notice Signs. Each person who sells cigarettes
or tobacco products at retail or by vending machines must post a warning
notice sign in a location that is conspicuous to all employees and
customers and that is close to the cash register, check-out stand,
or vending machine where cigarettes or tobacco products may be purchased.
It is a violation to intentionally fail to display a sign as prescribed
by this section (a Class C misdemeanor).
(b) Sign Distribution. The comptroller upon request
will provide the warning notice signs without charge to any person
who sells cigarettes or tobacco products, including distributors or
wholesale dealers of cigarettes or tobacco products in this state
for distribution to persons who sell cigarettes or tobacco products.
A distributor or wholesale dealer may not charge for distributing
a sign under this subsection. Requests for the warning notice signs
may be made by calling the Comptroller of Public Accounts toll free
at 1-800-862-2260, or by writing to the attention of the Account Maintenance
Division, Comptroller of Public Accounts, 111 East 17th Street, Austin,
Texas 78774-0100. In Austin, call (512) 463-3731. A request must include
the number of signs needed, and the person and address to whom the
signs are to be mailed.
(c) Alternate Signs. Retailers, distributors, and wholesale
dealers may develop their own warning notice signs provided the signs
meet minimum size and design specifications, including wording and
font size, described in subsection (d) of this section. A retailer,
distributor, or wholesale dealer may submit a sample of its proposed
sign for review to the address as noted in subsection (b) of this
(d) Sign Design and Minimum Size Requirements. The
design, minimum size, and placement location of each sign are as follows.
(1) Design. Each sign must be designed according to
(A) it must contain the following statutory language:
"PURCHASING OR ATTEMPTING TO PURCHASE TOBACCO PRODUCTS BY A MINOR
UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. SALE OR PROVISION OF TOBACCO
PRODUCTS TO A MINOR UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. UPON
CONVICTION, A CLASS C MISDEMEANOR, INCLUDING A FINE OF UP TO $500
MAY BE IMPOSED. VIOLATIONS MAY BE REPORTED TO THE TEXAS COMPTROLLER'S
OFFICE BY CALLING 1-800-345-8647. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT SMOKE.
SMOKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BABIES WHO ARE BORN PREMATURE OR WITH
LOW BIRTH WEIGHT."
(B) retailers must display the English version. The
comptroller will make a Spanish version available. Both the Spanish
and English versions may be posted.
(2) Size and Placement. The sign to be posted on or
(A) the cash register or check-out stand must be no
less than 8-1/2 inches wide by 14 inches in length. The font size
for the statutory language that must appear on the sign must be no
less than 14-point type. An 8-1/2 inches wide by 14 inches in length
warning notice sign must be conspicuous from each cash register or
check-out stand where cigarettes or tobacco products may be purchased.
If a retailer chooses, an additional 3 inches wide by 7 inches in
length warning notice sign may be conspicuously placed on each cash
register or check-out stand where cigarettes or tobacco products may
(B) the vending machines must be no less than 3 inches
wide by 7 inches in length. The font size for the statutory language
that must appear on the sign must be no less than 10-point type.
(e) Effective Date. The warning notice signs must be
displayed in the appropriate locations beginning January 1, 1998.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §3.1202 adopted to be effective January 22, 1998, 23 TexReg 421; amended to be effective October 11, 2007, 32 TexReg 7082; amended to be effective February 6, 2012, 37 TexReg 500