The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control provides the state with an effective regulatory system for the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries. The office operates an enforcement division that was started in 1996 and has more than 40 agents. In addition, it maintains a certification division that is comprised of various units and is responsible for issuing permits to the vendors of alcohol and tobacco products, as well as to the sellers and servers of alcoholic products. The office additionally operates an alcohol and tobacco permit section that regulates alcohol sales by Louisiana vendors. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control operates a responsible vendor section that was started in 1997. The office maintains a location in Baton Rouge, La.