Tobacco Products

Retail Sales of Tobacco Products

FDA regulates all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco

Tobacco retailers play a direct role in protecting kids from nicotine addiction and the deadly effects of tobacco use. Learn what tobacco retailers need to do to comply with the rules designed to prevent our nation's youth from becoming the next generation of Americans to die prematurely from tobacco-related disease.

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.

Summary of the Federal Rules for Tobacco Retailers

By complying with federal tobacco regulations, retailers help keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth.

Actions on Flavored Tobacco Products

FDA unveiled steps preventing youth access to flavored tobacco products and announced plans to ban menthol in cigarettes and cigars.

Retailer Education Materials

If you sell any type of tobacco product, these materials were created with you in mind. We have developed an education program called “This is Our Watch.” This program helps tobacco retailers better understand FDA tobacco regulations, the importance of compliance, and the greater purpose—protecting the nation’s youth from the harms of tobacco use. Retailers are encouraged, but not required, to display This Is Our Watch materials in stores. Participation is voluntary.

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

Retailer Training and Enforcement

Get information on how to comply with federal tobacco regulations, enforcement activities, and compliance checks.

Tobacco Retail Compliance Webinars

Watch our webinars on federal tobacco regulations. These webinars are designed to provide FDA tobacco compliance education and information to retailers and small businesses. Some webinars include a Q&A session to provide you the opportunity to have your questions answered by the FDA.  




Regulations & Guidance

Learn about federal tobacco regulations and guidance focused on the sale, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products.

Small Business Assistance

The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) provides technical and other nonfinancial assistance to small tobacco product manufacturers to help them and other small businesses to comply with the requirements of the Tobacco Control Act (TCA).

Contact the Office of Small Business Assistance at 1-877-287-1373 (9am EST-4pm EST) or Tobacco-Small Business ( for help.

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