Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–1721.04. Self-service sale of tobacco.

(a) No person shall sell or distribute tobacco products, except cigars, through a self-service display.

(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to:

(1) Vending machines that are permitted under § 47-2404(b)(3); or

(2) Self-service displays that are located in a tobacco specialty store.

(c) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $500 nor less than $100, imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both, for the first offense. Any person convicted of a subsequent violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $1,000 nor less than $500, imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both.

(Feb. 7, 1891, 26 Stat. 736, ch. 117, § 5; as added July 23, 2010, D.C. Law 18-189, § 3(d), 57 DCR 3019; Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-191, § 2(d), 63 DCR 15003.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-1721.07.


Section 7021 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 5 of D.C. Law 21-191 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the amendments of this section by D.C. Law 21-191 have been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 21-191: § 5 of D.C. Law 21-191 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(d) of D.C. Law 21-191 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.