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Tobacco and smoking accessories policy

Policy overview

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

Smoking accessories that are traditionally intended for smoking tobacco products are allowed.

What are the guidelines?

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.


Allowed in some situations

You can list the following if not intended for use with marijuana or illegal drugs:

  • Pipes

  • Water pipes and hookahs

Not allowed

Not allowed

You cannot list:

  • Pipes and water pipes for use with marijuana or illegal drugs



You can list:

  • 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

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


Allowed in some situations

You can list the following if it doesn't include tobacco:

  • Hookah and Shisha molasses

  • Shishas flavour

  • Cigar bands and packaging

Not allowed

Not allowed

You cannot list:

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

  • Blunts or cigar wraps

  • Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and components as defined under FDA regulations

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

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

  • Domain names or web addresses for websites that sell tobacco

You cannot:

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

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.

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. For items that are not traditionally intended for use with tobacco, refer to our Drug and drug paraphernalia policy.

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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