Tobacco and Vaping Product (also known as e-cigarette) Retailers
Language Access Services Policy
Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
- Sign language and spoken language interpreters;
- Written materials in other languages;
- Large print;
- Audio and other formats.
To apply for a tobacco retail license, visit the
Department of Revenue and click on the link under "When and how do I apply for the license from the Department of Revenue?"
The Department of Revenue reviews applications and issues tobacco retail licenses. They also collect the annual $953 license fee.
Anyone who sells tobacco or vaping products – including stores, cigar and hookah lounges, and bars – is considered a tobacco retailer and is required to purchase a license to continue selling tobacco or vaping products.
Each year, retailers need to renew their tobacco retail license and pay the annual fee.
Counties or cities with their own, local tobacco retail license program are keeping their local fee structures and continue to operate their program separately from the state. Information about and links to local programs is available from the Oregon Department of Revenue
. The license does not apply to retailers operating on tribal lands.
Tobacco Retail License Welcome Newsletter
Tobacco Retail License Bulletin
Education and Training
As a retailer, you are responsible for making sure your employees follow federal, state and local tobacco and vaping product regulations. OHA TRL is available to
provide additional support if you have questions or would like assistance
understanding the tobacco sales regulations. To reach out for support, email us at Tobacco.Inspections@odhsoha.state.or.us
or call us at 971-673-2283. We offer
online training, phone consultation, and in-person education as part of your
If you receive a penalty for a violation an inspector has found at your store, you must read the retailer training manual in the following section within 90 days of your store's first penalty.
Below are links to downloadable educational materials to help you stay in compliance with all tobacco regulations.
Tobacco Retail Licensing Virtual Training for Retailers
Tobacco Retail Licensing Training Manual For Retailers
Tobacco Retail Licensing Fact Sheet:
Tobacco Retail Licensing FAQs:
- How to Comply with Oregon Tobacco Laws:
Compliance Inspection Guidance
- No self-service tobacco products:
- Oregon tobacco state notice sign law:
- Oregon Tobacco Retail License Posting:
- How to Comply with IDS Packaging Requirements:
Types of Inspections
The following matrix provides a high-level overview of Oregon's tobacco retail inspections and helps explain why and how inspections are taking place in the community.
Destruction and Disposal of Tobacco and Nicotine Products
Nicotine and some vaping product components are considered hazardous waste and must follow state and federal rules for disposal. Free technical assistance from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is available here.
The following Nicotine Waste Disposal Guide provides information on proper management and disposal of Nicotine and E-Cigarette Waste for Oregon Retailers.
Nicotine Waste Disposal Guide for Oregon Retailers
The following Nicotine Waste Disposal Guide provides information on proper management and disposal of Nicotine and E-Cigarette Waste for Oregon schools.
Nicotine Waste Disposal Guide for Oregon Schools
Retailer Forms and Signs
Retailers are required to post signs prohibiting sales of tobacco and vaping products to persons under the age of 21. Download and print signs below.