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About American Piping Products

American Piping Products is a supplier of carbon, specialty and chrome-moly pipe, tube, fittings and flanges used in the processing, energy, manufacturing, fabrication and construction industries.

With steel processing facilities in Houston and Chicago, American Piping Products has quick access to the Port of Houston and shipping channels in North America. American Piping Products can quickly ship materials to nearly any location worldwide.

American Piping Products provides unsurpassed customer service and value-added solutions, including:

  • A large “in-stock” inventory
  • Cost containment
  • Inventory management
  • Productivity enhancement
  • Scheduling proficiency

Click on the links below to learn more about what makes American Piping Products a leader in steel pipe supply.

Executive Team

Our Sales Team

American Piping Products’ sales team guides customers to the piping products they need to turn their job into a job well done. Learn more about the sales team here.

Our Story

American Piping Products has a long history of quality service and continual improvement. Learn more here.

Facilities

With multiple processing facilities, American Piping Products can provide efficient service. Learn more here.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

American Piping Products has achieved the ISO 9001:2015 certification, demonstrating dedication to constant improvement. Learn more here.

Mission and Vision

American Piping Products is dedicated to being a leader in the piping industry. Learn more here.

American Piping Products is engaged in the worldwide distribution of carbon, seamless steel, and chrome moly pipe, tubing, fitting, valves, and flanges.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Selling Tobacco Products in Retail Stores

Note: On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available, and the information on this page will be updated accordingly in a timely manner.

FDA regulates all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, and cigars. If you sell tobacco products, you must comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations for retailers.

This page offers a summary of the federal rules. You can find comprehensive federal requirements for tobacco retailers in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco and Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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Download the “FDA Age Calculator,” a voluntary smartphone application to help retailers comply with federal, state, and local age restrictions for selling tobacco products.

How Do I Comply?

These rules apply to all “covered tobacco products” beginning August 8, 2016:

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase any tobacco product.
  • Only sell tobacco products to customers age 18 or older. 1
  • Do NOT sell tobacco products in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of tobacco products to consumers, including any of their components or parts. 3

These rules, along with rules specific to each tobacco product, are listed below.

“This is Our Watch” Program

The “This Is Our Watch” program helps retailers comply with federal tobacco law and regulations and protect minors. “This is Our Watch” program materials include a mix of educational pieces for owners, managers, and clerks, as well as a variety of point-of-purchase tools to inform customers of the law and emphasize the retailer’s role.

Do you mix or prepare e-liquids, make or modify vaporizers, or mix loose tobacco and sell any tobacco product? If so, you may be regulated as both a retailer and a tobacco product manufacturer.

Rules for Cigarettes, Cigarette Tobacco, and Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Sales

These rules have been in place since 2010:

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, or roll-your-own tobacco.
  • Only sell cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and roll-your-own-tobacco to customers age 18 or older. 1
  • Do NOT sell cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, or roll-your-own tobacco in a vending machine or self-service display unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, or roll-your-own tobacco to consumers, including any of their components or parts. 3
  • Do NOT sell cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, or roll-your-own tobacco that contain a characterizing flavor (except menthol or tobacco flavor).
  • Do NOT sell cigarette packages containing fewer than 20 cigarettes, including single cigarettes, known as “loosies.”
  • Do NOT break open packages of cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, or roll-your-own tobacco to sell products in smaller amounts.

Beginning August 10, 2018:

  • Do NOT sell or distribute cigarette tobacco or roll-your-own tobacco products without a warning statement on the package. 4, 5
  • Do NOT display advertisements for cigarette tobacco or roll-your-own tobacco products without a warning statement. 4, 5

Rules for Smokeless Tobacco Sales

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase smokeless tobacco.
  • Only sell smokeless tobacco to customers age 18 and older. 1
  • Do NOT sell smokeless tobacco in a vending machine or self-service display unless in an adult-only facility.
  • Do NOT give away free samples of smokeless tobacco unless in a “qualified adult-only facility” and in limited quantities as specified in the law. 2, 3
  • Do NOT break open smokeless tobacco packages to sell products in smaller amounts.
  • Do NOT sell smokeless tobacco without a health warning statement displayed on the package.
  • Do NOT display advertisements for smokeless tobacco products without a warning statement.

Rules for Cigar Sales

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase cigars.
  • Only sell cigars to customers age 18 and older. 1
  • Do NOT sell cigars in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of cigars to consumers, including any of their components or parts. 3

Beginning August 10, 2018:

  • Do NOT sell or distribute cigars without a health warning statement displayed on the package. 4, 6
  • Do NOT display advertisements for cigars without a health warning statement. 4, 6
  • If you sell cigars individually, and not in a product package, you must post a sign with six required warning statements within 3 inches of each cash register. 4,6

Rules for Hookah and Pipe Tobacco Sales

Note: If you mix loose tobacco, and you also sell these products, you will be regulated as both a retailer and a tobacco product manufacturer.

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase hookah tobacco or pipe tobacco.
  • Only sell hookah or pipe tobacco to customers age 18 and older. 1
  • Do NOT sell hookah and pipe tobacco in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of hookah or pipe tobacco to consumers, including any of their components or parts. 3

Beginning August 10, 2018:

  • Do NOT sell or distribute hookah or pipe tobacco without a health warning statement displayed on the package. 4, 5, 6
  • Do NOT display advertisements for hookah or pipe tobacco without a health warning statement. 4, 5, 6

Rules for Sales of E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)

Some examples of ENDS include e-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookahs, e-cigars, personal vaporizers, and electronic pipes.

Note: If you mix e-liquids or make or modify vaporizers, and you also sell these products, you will be regulated as both a retailer and a tobacco product manufacturer.

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase e-cigarettes or other ENDS.
  • Only sell e-cigarettes and other ENDS to customers age 18 and older. 1
  • Do NOT sell e-cigarettes or other ENDS in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of e-cigarettes or other ENDS to consumers, including any of their components or parts. 3

Beginning August 10, 2018, these rules apply to all “covered tobacco products”:

  • Do NOT sell or distribute e-cigarettes or other ENDS without a health warning statement on the package. 4, 5
  • Do NOT display advertisements for e-cigarettes or other ENDS without a health warning statement. 4, 5

Rules for Sales of Nicotine Gels

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase nicotine gel.
  • Only sell nicotine gel to customers age 18 and older. 1
  • Do NOT sell nicotine gel in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of nicotine gel to consumers. 3

Beginning August 10, 2018:

  • Do NOT sell or distribute nicotine gel without a health warning statement on the package. 4, 5
  • Do NOT display advertisements for nicotine gel without a health warning statement. 4, 5
Rules for Sales of Dissolvables

These rules apply to dissolvable tobacco products that are not already regulated as smokeless tobacco.

  • Check photo ID of everyone under age 27 who attempts to purchase dissolvable tobacco products.
  • Only sell dissolvable tobacco products to customers age 18 and older. 1
  • Do NOT sell dissolvable tobacco products in a vending machine unless in an adult-only facility. 2
  • Do NOT give away free samples of dissolvable tobacco products to consumers. 3

Beginning August 10, 2018:

  • Do NOT sell or distribute a dissolvable tobacco product without a health warning statement on the package. 4, 5
  • Do NOT display advertisements for dissolvable tobacco products without a health warning statement. 4, 5
Why Are These Laws Important?

These laws are designed to make regulated tobacco products less accessible and less attractive to youth. Every day, nearly 2,500 kids smoke their first cigarette and more than 400 kids become cigarette daily smokers. 7 Additionally, the CDC and FDA found that during 2011-2015, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 16.0 percent among high school students. 8 Many of these children will become addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks. As a retailer, you play an important role in protecting children and adolescents by complying with the law and regulations .

"If you sell tobacco products, you must comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations for retailers. This page offers a summary of the federal rules.