Tobacco Sales Laws

Miami-Dade County prohibits the sale, offer for sale or display for sale of any tobacco product without vendor assistance, which specifically means the assistance of the vendor, store owner or other employee.

A customer cannot purchase products directly from a cigarette machine without the assistance of an employee. Businesses may wish to contact the manufacturer or distributor of the self-service machine to determine if “locking” mechanisms are available.

The law 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 persons under the age of 18.

Violations of this law carry a civil fine of $500 for each violation and may be subject to additional sanctions.

Consumer Mediation Center

Miami-Dade County's Mediation Center receives, processes and investigates consumer complaints, mediates disputes between consumers and businesses, identifies violations of the law by business operators, and issues civil citations.

601 NW 1st Court, 18th floor
Miami, FL 33136
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 786-469-2333
Fax: 786-469-2303
Hours: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walkins are accepted.