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Tobacco Restrictions of the United States Postal Service

Tobacco Restrictions of the United States Postal Service

If you wish to ship tobacco products using the United States Postal Service (USPS) you must know about its tobacco restrictions.


Cigars may be mailed domestically. They may also be shipped internationally unless the country you are shipping to prohibits it.


Tobacco products may be mailed to APO/FPO/DPO locations where tobacco items are allowed.

Business & regulatory agencies:

Tobacco products may be mailed between verified and authorized tobacco industry businesses and federal or state agencies. An eligibility letter and return receipt are required.

Age-Verified individuals:

Certain individual exception mailings must be presented to a postal employee in a face-to-face transaction.

Cigarettes & smokeless tobacco:

Most cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products may not be mailed domestically or internationally.

Exceptions for mailing cigarette & smokeless tobacco:

Sometimes individuals may ship cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Contact me with any questions you may have about the transportation of hazardous materials by air, highway, vessel, or rail

International and Domestic

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Mailing Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco Products

When you have an allowable cigarette or smokeless tobacco shipment, you must have your package approved by a Postal employee at a Post Office™.

All allowable cigarette shipments must have a unique marking on the address side of the package. Each type of shipping exception has its own marking.

Using Click-N-Ship®
Even if you create an address label using Click-N-Ship, you must take your package to the Post Office to mail. You may not put the package in a mailbox or leave it out for your mail carrier.

Alaska & Hawaii:

Tobacco products may be mailed as long as the shipments stay entirely within Alaska or Hawaii.

Return receipts:

Each business or regulatory agency and consumer and public health testing facility must have a Return Receipt (PS Form 3811) with their shipment returnable to the PCSC PACT Mailing Office.

Though not a hazardous material, using the USPS to mail a tobacco product is not without its regulatory challenges.  Read an earlier article I wrote about other Shipping Restrictions of USPS or just contact me with your question.