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Policy overview

You can sell collectible tobacco packaging and some tobacco-related items, as long as you meet certain conditions. However, you're not allowed to sell most tobacco products on eBay 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)

Restricted

Restricted  

Collectible packaging that contains tobacco can be listed as long as the package is completely sealed, and you follow and include all of the statements in the list below in your listing. We recommend copying and pasting this disclaimer directly into your item description.

–  The value of the item is the collectible packaging, not the tobacco itself.
–  Even though the package has never been opened, the tobacco inside is not for consumption.
–  The collectible packaging is not currently available in stores.
–  The buyer must be at least 18 years old. (As the seller, I'm responsible for making sure this rule is met.)
–  Both the buyer and the seller are following all applicable laws and shipping regulations for this transaction.

If you include photos in your listing, you have to show the actual item for sale—stock photos aren't allowed.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Cigars in cellophane wrapping

  • Tobacco products that are still in production regardless of collectability

  • Collectible tobacco, including listings that describe the tobacco instead of the collectible packaging

  • Tobacco products packaged in classic packaging

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 and intended for consumption

  • Blunts or cigar wraps

  • Chewing tobacco

  • Cigarettes (including flavored cigarettes)

  • Cigars

  • Dipping tobacco

  • 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

  • Loose leaf tobacco

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

  • Pipe tobacco

  • Smokeless tobacco

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.
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