2009 Rhode Island Code
Title 44 - Taxation
CHAPTER 44-20.1 - Delivery Sales of Cigarettes
§ 44-20.1-3 - Age Verification requirements.
§ 44-20.1-3 Age Verification requirements. (a) No person shall mail, ship, or otherwise deliver cigarettes in connection with a delivery sale unless such person prior to the first delivery sale to such consumer:
(1) Obtains from the prospective consumer a certification that includes:
(i) A reliable confirmation that the consumer is at least the legal minimum purchase age; and
(ii) A statement signed by the prospective consumer in writing that certifies the prospective consumer's address and that the consumer is at least eighteen (18) years of age. Such statement shall also confirm:
(A) That the prospective consumer understands that signing another person's name to such certification is illegal;
(B) That the sale of cigarettes to individuals under the legal minimum purchase age is illegal;
(C) That the purchase of cigarettes by individuals under the legal minimum purchase age is illegal under the laws of the state; and
(D) That the prospective consumer wants to receive mailings from a tobacco company;
(2) Makes a good faith effort to verify the information contained in the certification provided by the prospective consumer pursuant to subsection (1) against a commercially available database, or obtains a photocopy or other image of the valid, government-issued identification stating the date of birth or age of the individual placing the order;
(3) Provides to the prospective consumer, via e-mail or other means, a notice that meets the requirements of § 44-20.1-4; and
(4) In the case of an order for cigarettes pursuant to an advertisement on the Internet, receives payment for the delivery sale from the prospective consumer by a credit or debit card that has been issued in such consumer's name or by check.
(b) Persons accepting purchase orders for delivery sales may request that the prospective consumers provide their e-mail addresses.
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