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Tobacco Retailer Information


Have questions about the Tobacco 21 Law? 

Find out all you need to know at

Questions about tobacco taxes or licensing requirements? 

Find out what you need to know about tobacco taxes and being licensed to sell tobacco at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration's webpage:

Or you can download the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Sales of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products in California: License requirements for Retailers brochure: 


Order Required Age of Sale Warning Signs

Tobacco retailers are required to post STAKE Act Age of Sale Warning signs that meet certain specifications.  You can order them for your store for free from the Tobacco Education Clearing House at
FDA Regulation of Tobacco Sales

The FDA regulates all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco.  To help retailers better understand their responsibilities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) and comply with the law, FDA provides webinars, training videos, and guidance documents. These resources help to educate retailers and their employees about the Tobacco Control Act and tobacco regulations. FDA also works with state regulators to enforce federal regulations to reduce the harm of tobacco.  Educational materials and training are available on the FDA's website.  Please note that the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in California is 21, not 18.

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