In Alaska, you have to be 19 years old to smoke legally. If you are under 19, it is against the law to knowingly possess a cigar, cigarette, tobacco, or any product containing tobacco.
“Tobacco” includes any product that has tobacco in it. If you have a clove cigarette or bidi cigarette, or any other product that contains tobacco, it’s tobacco.
Can I get in trouble for giving someone else a cigarette or tobacco product if I don’t smoke it myself?
If you are 19 years old or older, and you negligently sell, give, or exchange a cigarette, cigar, or a product containing tobacco to someone under 19, you have broken the law. Generally, this means you have to make a careful effort to find out if a person is old enough before you sell or give tobacco to that person.
Alaska law does not allow vending machines that sell tobacco in most places. There are a few exceptions. A liquor store or a business that has a liquor license may have a vending machine that sells cigarettes or tobacco products if the machine is as far as possible from the entrance and is always watched. A vending machine in a break room or controlled area of a private work place may sell cigarettes or tobacco products if a sign posted nearby warns that the law prohibits anyone under 19 from possessing tobacco.