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Tobacco Sales

The tobacco sales law prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or display for sale of any tobacco product by means of self-service merchandising without vendor assistance. Vendor-assisted means the customer has no access to tobacco products without the assistance of the vendor, store owner, or other employee. Cigarette machines are examples of self-service merchandising. It applies to any person or business that operates a store, food service establishment, stand, booth, concession, or other place where tobacco products are sold. The law does NOT apply to businesses that prohibit access to the premises by persons under the age of 18.

Tobacco products cannot be sold without the assistance of the vendor, store owner, or other store or business employee. A customer cannot purchase products directly from the machine without the assistance from an employee. Businesses may wish to contact the manufacturer or distributor of the self-service machine to determine if “locking” mechanisms are available.


Violations of this law carry a civil fine of $500 for each violation and may be subject to additional sanctions. Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Consumer Mediation Center at 786-469-2333.

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