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San Francisco Health Code:

19F -- Smoking Prohibition in Certain Places

19H -- Tobacco Sales

19P -- Tobacco 21

19Q -- Flavored Tobacco


Related Documents:

Rules and Regulations for Retail Tobacco Sales (pdf)

19H Affidavit (pdf)

19H.19(a) Suspension Reduction Pilot (pdf)

Flavored Tobacco Fact Sheet (pdf)

Flavored Tobacco FAQ (pdf)

Flavored Tobacco List (pdf)


Please Note:
  1. Fees are non-refundable.
  2. Bounced check fees are $50.00
  3. We do not accept cash.
  4. You are responsible for paying your yearly tobacco license fee.


Program Contact

Environmental Health Branch
Attention: Tobacco Sales Permits
49 South Van Ness Ave., Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94103
P: (415) 252-3800
F: (415) 252-3894
Text to 415-226-9564

Tobacco 21


The sale of tobacco products is prohibited in San Francisco to those under 21 years old since June 9, 2016. There are no exceptions in the local law, including no exceptions for military personnel, even though the California Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (CA STAKE) act allows that exception elsewhere in California.


SFDPH prepared a Tobacco 21 Notice suitable for printing and posting in businesses.


All tobacco establishments must post BOTH of the following signs at the tobacco products point of sale area:


San Francisco Blue Tobacco 21 Sign

Sale of Tobacco Prohibited to those under age 21, including military

Please Note: The State of California Yellow sign allows active military personnel to purchase tobacco products at 18 years of age in other counties, BUT in San Francisco, active military personnel must be at least 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products, so the San Francisco Blue sign must be posted alongside the state's Yellow sign.



State of California Yellow Tobacco 21 sign:

Sale of Tobacco Prohibited to those under age 21, except military most be at least age 18


Signage can be requested through the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project.















Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding the illegal sale of tobacco to minors or a related tobacco sales complaint, call 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch