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A shop selling tobacco, and possibly other convenience items Show/edit corresponding data item.
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Group: shops
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: de factoPage for proposal

A store that sells tobacco and smoking accessories. It might also sell other convenience items, such as magazines, newspapers, sweets and stamps.

How to map

Set a node or draw as an area along the shop outline. Tag it with shop=tobacco. Add name using name=* or use noname=yes to mark that shop has no name.

If the point of sale is a vending machine, add it separately tagged as amenity=vending_machine + vending=cigarettes.

Additional tags

Reference number

In Europe, ref=* is de facto being used for the reference of the store. Typically the value is taken from signage and typically it refers to a local or regional municipality's or a governmental agency's list of authorized tobacco shops. The tag does not tell whether the mapper entered the tobacco-specific reference, if additional kinds of goods subject to State restrictions are sold (see below for the Italian Lotto example).

Italy (as of Q1 2023) de facto uses ref:tobacco=* and authorization=* for the tobacco reseller number, while ref=* has minor usage. The tags are discussed in this community forum thread. Most Italian tobacco shops also sell Lotto tickets, for which there is a second, independent authorization reference number (seen on the signage as Ricevitoria numero 111). In this case, authorization=* does not tell which authorization number it is. ref:tobacco=* allows to distinguish the tobacco authorization number from the Lotto authorization number without ambiguity.

Similar tags

The keys tobacco=yes (used more often but the meaning is not documented or inherent) or sells:tobacco=yes (used rarely but has clear semantics) can be added to places that sell tobacco, but are not considered tobacco shops because they fall into a different typology and the sale of tobacco is not their main activity (e.g. a kiosk, a bar, a grocery store, a restaurant, ...).

Countryspecific documentation


  • Check out the German language site Austria/Tabaktrafiken for tagging "Tabaktrafiken" and other tobacco selling points in Austria.

See also

  • sells:tobacco=* - a property that you can buy tobacco at the place
  • shop=kiosk - for kiosks, i.e. small structures on the pavement selling magazines, tobacco, newspapers, sweets and stamps.
  • shop=newsagent - for shops that sell newspapers and magazines, and sometimes convenience items.
  • shop=e-cigarette - for shops that sell only electronic cigarettes.
  • amenity=vending_machine + vending=cigarettes - A cigarette machine is a vending machine that dispenses packets of cigarettes