In March 2020, the world temporarily shut down. Many stores closed and opted for a delivery or curbside service business model in order to stay in business, keep their employees/customers safe, and comply with local regulations.
This revolution wasn’t limited to just food, either, and many delivery services started offering the ability to deliver restricted and regulated substances.
One question that I’ve received a lot lately is, “Will Uber deliver cigarettes and tobacco products to my house?”
Unfortunately, neither Uber nor Uber Eats allows customers to order tobacco products using their service. This applies to cigarettes, cigars, shisha (for hookahs), tobacco wraps, nicotine vape, and even nicotine gum. If you want to get your cigarettes delivered to your house, then you’ll have to go through another delivery service.
In today’s post, I’m going to explain why Uber doesn’t officially allow customers to order cigarettes, as well as a “hack” that you can use to get tobacco delivered with Uber. However, several other delivery services do allow customers to order tobacco products and cigarettes, which I’ll show you as well. Let’s take a look!
Cigarettes And Delivery: What You Need To Know
I’m not a big smoker, but occasionally I do have a craving for a cigarette (usually after I’ve had a couple of cold ones). The only problem is that it’s usually not a good idea for me to drive by that time. Being the responsible adult that I am, I always get my tobacco delivered to me instead.
Usually, I can bum a couple from my flatmate or neighbor, but they’re not always around. This, of course, leaves me only two options:
- Walk 15 minutes away to the closest corner store that’s open past 10pm…
- … or get my cigs delivered.
Sure, I take the walk every now and again, but I prefer the delivery option more often than not. The only problem was that I discovered neither Uber nor Uber Eats would let me order tobacco!
Why Doesn’t Uber Officially Deliver Cigarettes?
Cigarettes and tobacco are currently what you’d call a “hot button” topic. The past year has seen government attempts to regulate and even ban certain forms of vape juice, smoking brands, and even flavored menthol cigarettes. It’s been a tough ride for corner stores and tobacco vendors who are trying to sell their wares in the face of ever-changing government regulation.
Although certain delivery services will deliver cigarettes (discussed below), Uber has chosen to avoid the problem completely by not delivering tobacco products. The last thing that the world’s biggest ridesharing and delivery company needs is a legal battle regarding cigarette delivery.
Why Does Uber Deliver Alcohol But No Cigarettes?
Recently, Uber Eats started allowing drivers over the age of 21 to deliver alcohol sold by convenience stores, grocers, or liquor stores. Naturally, you’d think that the same would apply to cigarettes as well, right? As I discussed earlier, though, the tobacco industry is facing a lot more legal and regulatory changes than the alcohol industry. That being said, it’s just a risk that they don’t want to get caught up in.
Uber Eats Hack – How To Order Cigarettes Through Your Delivery Driver
That being said, there is a small “hack” that I’ve employed on several occasions to get cigarettes delivered to me. This method though may or may not work, depending on the driver who’s delivering to you. Here’s how it works:
- Order a small snack or grocery item from a local convenience store that also sells tobacco. You can do this from the Uber Eats app by going under the ‘Grocery’ section. Just double-check the location in Google Maps to make sure that they sell tobacco products.
- After you’ve been assigned a driver, send them a quick text and ask them if they can pick up a pack of cigarettes “off the record” for you. Tell them to bring a receipt and offer to compensate them extra for doing you a favor.
- If they agree, then you’ll get your cigarettes. If not, then at least you’ll get the snacks or food you ordered.
Keep in mind that this is entirely up to the Uber driver. If they don’t feel comfortable running side errands or they aren’t old enough to buy tobacco products in the first place, then you have to be willing to accept it. However, if they are able to do you a favor, make sure that you tip them well!
What Apps Deliver Cigarettes?
While the Uber hack I showed you above may work sometimes, I wouldn’t count on it as a foolproof method every time. Usually, it’s a better idea to just go through a delivery app that is willing to deliver cigarettes and tobacco products. So here are my go-to’s.
Door Dash recently gave its customers the ability to order tobacco. Overall the app works the same as Uber Eats. To order tobacco products, just look under the local grocers or tobacco shops that work with Door Dash.
Then, find one and add your cigarettes to your order. Before completing the order, you’ll be required to take a picture of your ID so the driver can verify that you’re of age. Then, when the driver arrives at your house, they will ask you to verify your ID a second time to make sure it was you who ordered.
Postmates is another great service for cigarette delivery. They’ll deliver pretty much anything that you could think of from many different grocery stores, corner stores, or tobacco/alcohol stores. As with Door Dash, they’ll verify your ID to make sure that you’re at least 21-years or older.
GoPuff is, by far, the most comprehensive delivery service if you’re trying to get cigarettes, vape, or any other tobacco-related or smoke shop products. It’s a smaller service and isn’t available in all cities yet, but if they are, then take advantage! You can order everything from cigarettes to tobacco pipes and tobacco grinders using their app.
What If The Driver Doesn’t Accept My ID?
By law, the driver is required to verify your ID to make sure that you’re old enough to purchase cigarettes in the first place. If you cannot present verification or the driver determines that your ID is fake or invalid, they’ll be forced to return the cigarettes to the store. This will also incur an additional fee since you’re causing them to make another return trip.