Tobacco; prohibits person from selling product at retail without license from ABC Authority. (HB2164)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), and Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tobacco retail licensing; penalties. The bill prohibits any person from selling any tobacco product at retail without first obtaining a license from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (the Authority). The bill prohibits the sale of tobacco products and hemp products intended for smoking from vending machines. The bill imposes civil penalties on licensees for selling tobacco products without a license and for selling tobacco products to persons under age 21. Licenses would be subject to annual renewal and subject to revocation for violations of federal, state, or local laws related to tobacco products. The bill creates the Tobacco Retail Administration Subfund for the purpose of funding the Authority's costs of administering licenses and enforcing laws related to tobacco retail licensing. The bill updates, for the purpose of the crime of selling or distributing tobacco products to a person younger than 21 years of age, the definition of "tobacco products" by including in such definition products currently defined as nicotine vapor products or alternative nicotine products. The bill also removes provisions prohibiting the attempt to purchase, purchase, or possess tobacco products and hemp products intended for smoking by persons younger than 21 years of age. The bill also removes the exception allowing the sale of tobacco products to active-duty military personnel who are 18 years of age or older. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102798D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/24/2021Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2021Reported from General Laws (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2021Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/31/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2164)
02/01/2021Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2021Left in Appropriations