Smoking: Tobacco, E-cigarette and Hookah Establishments and Retailers

Tobacco and E-cigarette Retailers

To sell tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in NYC, you must have the relevant licenses and registration.

Education Toolkit for Tobacco Retailers

Education Toolkit for E-cigarette Retailers

Smoke-Free Air Act Exemptions

The Smoke-Free Air Act makes virtually all workplaces in New York City smoke-free, with the following exemptions:

  • Tobacco Event Registration
  • Existing registered membership organizations are exempt from the Smoke-Free Air Act and are eligible to renew their registration. Exemptions are not permitted for new membership organizations.

To allow the use of tobacco products or e-cigarettes on the premises, you must have a Tobacco Retail Store Registration or an Electronic Cigarette Retail Store Registration, respectively.

Food service establishments may not permit smoking of tobacco products or the use of e-cigarettes on site. These businesses cannot register as Tobacco Retail Stores or Electronic Cigarette Retail Stores.

Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishments

All hookah-serving establishments are required to have a permit. They must only serve non-tobacco shisha. Hookah establishments must display warning signs about the health risks of hookah smoke. People younger than 21 are not permitted to enter hookah-serving establishments.

They Health Department is no longer accepting new Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishment permit applications. Existing permit holders may renew their Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishment Permit online.

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