Halting Tobacco Sales to Minors

Notice to Customers

Update May 30, 2023: During this transition (outlined below), some business invoices issued by the Consumer and Industry Services Division have been temporarily delayed.

Invoices for all programs except for Pesticides will be sent by June 9 to the email we have on file for the business.

Invoices for the Pesticides program will be sent through the postal mail.

In all instances, business owners have until July 31 to pay any balances owed.


The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is making it easier for customers to interact with the Division of Consumer and Industry Services.

Invoices, licenses, and permits have a new look in 2023. Streamlining the documents makes them simpler to interpret and understand.

A new, secure online portal is easing access to invoice, license, and permit information. Business owners can see the status of a license or registration, when payment is due, and the balance owed. Additionally, payments can be made online with a credit card or eCheck, eliminating the need to send payments through the mail. 

The following programs transitioned to the new Trace First portal April 5:    

·       Apiary

·       Dairy

·       Food Safety - Manufacturing

·       Food Safety - Retail

·       Metrology

·       Produce

·       Tobacco

Once the transition is initiated, link and log-in information will be provided.

As always, we appreciate your partnership in serving the citizens of Tennessee. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Consumer and Industry Services Division at (615) 837-5150.

No Tobacco Sales to Minors


The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) has implemented new state law that mirrors federal tobacco sales minimum age requirements. Public Chapter No. 732 raises the state tobacco sale minimum age required from 18 to 21. The law has been effective since January 1, 2021.


Tennessee’s Youth Access to Tobacco Program administers the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco and Vapor Products Act for the purpose of reducing access by minors to tobacco products through various prohibitions and restrictions on the sale, distribution, and receipt of such products. This includes conducting random, unannounced inspections of locations where tobacco products are sold or distributed.

Anyone appearing to be under 30 years of age must present a valid photo ID and be at least 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vapor products.


Tobacco Enforcement FAQ

A person engaged in the sale or distribution of tobacco, smoking hemp, or vapor products shall demand proof of age from a prospective purchaser or recipient if an ordinary person would conclude on the basis of appearance that the prospective purchaser or recipient may be under thirty (30) years of age.

Clerks under the age of 21 are allowed to sell tobacco products provided the person is:

(1) Working in the course of employment; provided, and
(2) That the person is under the supervision of another employee who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

Please see the required sign: Tobacco Sign Requirement 08122020.pdf (tn.gov)

This sign is required post conspicuously and keep so posted at the place of business a sign, no smaller than ninety-three and one-half (93 ½) square inches, to ensure that it is likely to be read at each point of sale.

If you would like a sign/signs mailed to you please email your request to: Tobacco.SalesToYouth@tn.gov

No, currently the state of Tennessee does not require or offer a license/permit in order to sell tobacco products. We encourage you as a business owner to contact the FDA, and Tennessee Department of Revenue to make sure you are following their requirements.  

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture does not regulate the minimum price of each tobacco product. Please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

All smoking paraphernalia shall be maintained behind the counter of a retail establishment in an area inaccessible to a customer or in a locked display case that makes the products unavailable to a customer without the assistance of an employee.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture does not regulate the manufacturing of tobacco product. Please contact the FDA and the Tennessee Department of Revenue for further guidance.