Help
Help
Search the help pages 
(Does not search for items or products)
 SearchTips

Tobacco policy

Policy overview

You're not allowed to sell tobacco products on eBay, including collectible packaging that contains tobacco, because of strict government regulations. For details on what can and can't be listed, see our guidelines.

Our tobacco policy only applies to items sold on the U.S. eBay website (eBay.com). Our international websites may have different rules, so be sure to check each country's website to see what's allowed. Be sure to also follow our international trading policy.

If you're selling an item that's allowed, you can only offer domestic shipping. You're not allowed to ship these items outside the US.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Allowed

Allowed

Collectible packaging that's completely empty (no tobacco inside the package)

Not allowed

Not allowed

Any collectible tobacco packaging that still contains tobacco

Allowed

Allowed

  • Nicotine patches or gums

  • Promotional items with tobacco brand logos, such as calendars, hats, and shirts

  • Memorabilia, posters, or similar items (including vintage) for tobacco products

  • Tobacco seeds

  • Vintage ads for tobacco products

Restricted

Restricted

  • Cigar bands and packaging can only be listed individually if they don't include actual tobacco

  • Items that are used for smoking tobacco—including cigarette papers and pipes—as long as they follow our drugs and drug paraphernalia policy

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Any item containing tobacco, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, and loose tobacco

  • Blunts or cigar wraps

  • Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and components

  • Herbal cigarettes or herbal tobacco (sometimes called nicotine-free cigarettes or tobacco-free cigarettes)

  • Hookah or Shisha molasses that contains tobacco

  • Including photos of cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco items when selling cigar bands, collectible packaging, or other accessories

  • Nicotine inhalers or nasal sprays (see our medical drugs and devices policy)

Restricted

Restricted

Coupons, rebates, or reward codes that can be used for purchasing tobacco, tobacco products, or tobacco accessories like lighters or pipes can be listed, but make sure your listing follows the guidelines in our manufacturer's coupons policy.

Allowed

Allowed

Domain names or web addresses for websites that aren't working or are no longer active

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Domain names or web addresses for websites that sell tobacco

  • Information on how or where to get tobacco

Why does eBay have this policy?

Because selling tobacco is highly regulated, most tobacco items can't be sold on eBay. Be sure to follow all applicable laws, regulations, and our policies.

Contact Customer Service

You can contact Customer Service to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.

Contact us

Have a question? We can help.

 Contact us

Ask eBay members

Get help from other eBay members. Visit the Answer Center to post a question.