Are You 16 - 17 Years Old?

Do you want to help enforce Delaware's tobacco laws?

Selling tobacco products to persons who are underage is not only harmful, it is illegal. And you can help stop it as a part of the Tobacco Cooperating Underage Witness program. We call the participants "CUWs" for short.

Tobacco CUWs help Delaware's Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Agents make sure that stores selling tobacco products are complying with State laws. It is against the law to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.

Qualified members of the CUW program are mature, honest and truthful and they demonstrate responsible behavior. CUWs are paid an hourly rate. And they get to work closely with law enforcement officers.

The safety and welfare of CUWs is a primary concern of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement. Every CUW will be accompanied by an ATE Enforcement Agent at all times. All Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Agents are certified police officers.

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement accepts applications for the Tobacco CUW program from August 1 - November 1 each year.

Interested? Here's what to do:

  1. Talk to your parent or guardian. You are going to need their permission. Share with them this letter from Division Director John Yeomans (PDF) which explains more about the CUW program.
  2. Review the Frequently Asked Questions about the program.
  3. Applications are only accepted from August 1st – November 1st each year. Applications are now being accepted.
  4. Download, print, complete and return the application package (PDF)

For more information on the CUW program, please contact our office at (302) 741-2721 or email Loretta Simpson at