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I need to know if it is legal to start a company that earns profit by selling hookahs (filled with tobacco for customer use) without a permit in bars?
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Business Law
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Business Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Business Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Unfortunately I have to report that no, that is not legal.

You will have to obtain a RETAIL TOBACCO PRODUCTS DEALER PERMIT (RTPD).

You can apply for one here:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/CheckListDetail.asp?SID=&xactCode=1032&clientCode=4012&XACT_DEFN_ID=7211

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Nisha, thank you for your reply. Does the retail tobacco products permit allow you to sell in multiple locations? My company would be floating in between bars that do not have hookahs and providing that service to them without them having to invest into hookah equipment or training employees.
Business Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 4 months ago

This is something you'll need to contact the customer support line about.

I can let you know that typically you have to obtain a separate license for each location you intend to sell tobacco products at. You even need to obtain a separate license for each cigarette vending machine you set up at various locations.

Your situation is a bit non-traditional, so you should contact the DBPR customer support center to confirm. You can even do so anonymously.

Here's the number:

***-***-****

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