If you want to sell tobacco products to the public (including out of vending machines), you must purchase a tobacco endorsement for each location where tobacco products are sold.
It is the responsibility of the person who holds the business license and tobacco endorsement to be familiar with the proper sales of tobacco products. For more information see Tobacco Endorsement Penalties.
A tobacco endorsement cannot stand by itself—it must be attached to a business license. It can be renewed with the business license and it will expire at the same time the business license to which it is attached expires.
New tobacco endorsements must apply by hardcopy (form 08-4181). Online filing for a new tobacco endorsement is not available at this time. Current business licenses with existing tobacco endorsement may renew online.
Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes) contain nicotine and do not contain any tobacco or tobacco product.
Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are not under the jurisdiction of this Division.
In 2012 Alaska’s legislature passed ch. 43, SLA 2012, enacting AS 11.76.109, “Selling or giving product containing nicotine to a minor.” (“Minor” here means person under age 19.) This makes it a minor offense, punishable by a fine of not less than $300, to sell or give e-cigarettes or any other product which contains nicotine to a minor.
The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing/Investigation Unit investigates matters pertaining to business licenses, the sale of tobacco products, and licensed professionals. For more information on what this Division may assist you with pertaining to business licenses, the sale of tobacco products and licensed professionals see below.
Please be aware that not all issues will fall within the jurisdiction of this Division and you may want to contact other agencies for assistance. For more information on how to file a complaint with this Division’s Investigation Unit go to Investigations.
Complaints pertaining to business licenses, the sale of tobacco products, and licensed professionals are investigated by this Division's Investigations Unit.
In addition and/or for complaints that do not fall within the jurisdiction of this Division, you may want to file a complaint with another relevant agency. Below is a partial list of relevant agencies and other complaint resources.
In addition, you may wish to contact any other relevant federal agencies, local government agencies (i.e. borough, city, municipal, or village), consumer resources and/or seek professional or legal counsel.
If you have any questions you can contact us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.