The mission of Arkansas Tobacco Control (ATC) is to ensure that all retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of tobacco, vapor and alternative nicotine products fully adhere to all Arkansas tobacco laws. We also endeavor to protect public health by restricting youth access to tobacco, vapor and alternative nicotine products through education and enforcement. ATC is an agency that serves the state and the people of Arkansas effectively and efficiently through policy, action and administration of our duties.
Greeting from the Director Steve Goode
Thank you for taking time to visit the Arkansas Tobacco Control’s website. There are many useful links on the website to include: Permit Holder Search under the top heading Online Services, Sanctions Search under the top heading Violation and Stats and Forms under the top heading Forms.
Created in 1997, the agency’s primary mission and responsibility is to regulate the sale of tobacco in the State of Arkansas and enforce all laws pertaining to tobacco. The agency regulates tobacco manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Our job is to serve these businesses by helping them be aware of all the laws governing tobacco sales in Arkansas and to serve the citizens of our state in the process. An important role the agency plays is enforcing the tobacco sales to minor prohibition. This is done through free training provided to merchants, educational efforts and undercover operations that determine if retailers are complying with the law and protecting our youngest citizens. Currently, Arkansas’ sale to minor violation rate is one of the lowest in the nation.
The agency works in cooperation with an eight member board appointed by the Governor. The Tobacco Control Board serves in a quasi-judicial capacity hearing cases regarding violations to Arkansas tobacco laws and regulations. These devoted citizens are volunteers, working hard to make Arkansas a better place and we are grateful for their contribution.
As the Director of Arkansas Tobacco Control it is my pleasure to work for the people of Arkansas. We are striving hard to achieve Governor Hutchinson's goal to make Arkansas Tobacco Control's part of Arkansas state government to be more helpful, more usable, and easier to access instead of difficult, burdensome and bureaucratic. If we can further assist you please do not hesitate to contact us today!