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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) has a contract with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct FDA-sponsored retail tobacco compliance inspections.

Compliance officers are conducting checks across Iowa to ensure tobacco product retailers are adhering to federal laws. The inspections determine retailers’ compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and the Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents, found at Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1140 (21 C.F.R. Part 1140).

FDA-commissioned officials conducting retail inspections will focus on sale and distribution restrictions including, but not limited to:

  • Age and ID verification
  • Requirements for labeling and advertising of smokeless tobacco products
  • Restrictions on the sale of single cigarettes
  • A ban on certain candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes
  • Prohibited self-
  • service displays and vending machines

The FDA provides a comprehensive website ( Click here for FDA Website ) to assist retailers in being fully compliant with the Tobacco Control Act. The following resources are available by clicking on the "Compliance, Enforcement and Training link.

  • Retailer Education Materials
  • Regulations & Guidance for Retailers
  • Tobacco Retail Compliance Webinars
  • Retailer Training and Enforcement
  • Overview of Federal Laws & Regulation
  • Misbranded and Adulterated NSE Tobacco Products

Follow the link below to view inspection results posted on the FDA website.

FDA Website inspection results

FDA Materials

To give retailers all the tools they need to comply with federal tobacco regulations, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has developed a new education program called “This is Our Watch.” This program helps tobacco retailers better understand FDA tobacco regulations, the importance of compliance, and the greater purpose—protecting the nation’s youth from the harms of tobacco use. Follow the link below to learn more about the "This is Our Watch" program and order free program materials.

Questions regarding the FDA tobacco compliance inspections should be directed to the FDA at 877.CTP.1373 or