Federal Tobacco Regulations
In 1992 Congress passed section 1926 of the Public Health Service Act, (known as the Synar Amendment), that prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors.
On June 22, 2009, the president signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The Act gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco products.
On March 31, 2010, the president also signed into law the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (the PACT Act) which became effective June 29, 2010. The Act specifically applies to Internet sales of tobacco and is designed to assure the collection of federal, state, and local tobacco taxes on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco sold via the internet and stopping internet sales of tobacco to kids.