Tobacco 21 in Alachua County

Effective date:

The Tobacco 21 ordinance takes effect on October 22, 2019, to increase the age for sale of tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.

Concerning Products:

This includes tobacco products whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to a cigarette, e-cigarettes, a cigar, pipe, chewing tobacco, or an electronic smoking device or liquids used in electronic smoking devices.

Tobacco retailers in Alachua County need to apply for a license:

  • An Alachua County Tobacco Retailer License needs to be applied for each location.
  • The license is valid for one year starting from October of each year.
  • The license needs to be renewed yearly 30 calendar days before the expiration date.
  • The license and signage need to be displayed in the store.
  • The license may not be granted if the store location is within 1,000 feet of any public school.
  • Selling/distributing tobacco products without a license will be subject to a Class V violation.

Please read the ordinance for more details.

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