Registering and de-registering in the Tobacco Sales Register
- Everyone who sells tobacco products must register in the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s Tobacco Sales Register. The same applies to anyone who sells e-cigarettes, refills, herb-based smoking products and other tobacco surrogates.
- The sales outlet is responsible for keeping the information in the register up to date.
- Anyone who stops selling tobacco products must de-register from the Tobacco Sales Register. The same applies to any temporary sales outlets.
Supervision of tobacco sales
Næringsetaten inspects all establishments that sell tobacco products to consumers.
We check to ensure that:
- the information in the Tobacco Sales Register is consistent with the information at the sales outlet
- tobacco products are not sold to anyone under the age of 18
- there is no advertising of tobacco products
- tobacco products and tobacco equipment are not openly displayed (does not apply to specialist businesses)
- tobacco products are not sold at a discount or given away
- the products have been purchased from a registered wholesaler
- the sales outlet has an internal control that provides employees with sufficient knowledge of the regulatory framework
Internal control for establishments that sell tobacco
All tobacco sales outlets must have an internal control system that can be demonstrated at each inspection. The internal control must ensure that employees have sufficient knowledge of the regulatory framework, and contribute to proper operations. It is particularly important to have procedures for preventing the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to minors. It is also important to follow up and improve ineffective procedures and measures.
The internal control should ensure that the responsible parties at each sales outlet:
- understand the legal regulations
- provide other employees with training on the regulations and the sales outlet’s own procedures
- maintain an overview of the distribution of tasks and responsibilities
- assess challenges
- have procedures for ensuring compliance with the regulations
- have procedures for preventing, detecting and rectifying non-conformances
- regularly review their internal controls
Violations of legislation to prevent the harmful effects of tobacco
Breaches of the regulations may result in various sanctions:
- rectification of the illegal conditions
- a temporary sales ban
- a mandatory fine
All tobacco sales outlets must pay a supervision fee to their local authority each year. The supervision fee for permanent sales outlets is NOK 4,800 a year.
The supervision fee for temporary sales outlets is NOK 1,280 a year. This applies to sales outlets that sell goods part of the year, or on a one-off basis.