Tobacco Retailer Licensing

Tobacco Retailer Licensing

An Effective Tool for Public Health

Communities are adopting tobacco retailer licensing (TRL) laws as one way to combat the public health problems associated with tobacco use, reduce tobacco-related health disparities, and ensure compliance with tobacco laws. TRL laws are effective at limiting youth access to tobacco and provide a framework for implementing and enforcing other tobacco control policies that can advance health equity—including policies to counter predatory tobacco industry tactics that disproportionately target underserved communities. Tobacco retailer licensing also creates a self-financing program that allows for regular enforcement.

This fact sheet, developed by ChangeLab Solutions, explains how TRL works, why many communities are pursuing this policy, and what goes into creating and implementing a strong TRL law. The 2018 update includes additional information on how TRL can promote innovative policy solutions with the potential to reduce inequities in how tobacco products are marketed and sold in underserved communities.

We are grateful to the California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program, for continuing to fund this work! Download the fact sheet below, and be sure to check out our other resources on tobacco retailer licensing, including our Model California Ordinance Requiring a Tobacco Retailer LicenseContact us to learn more, subscribe to our news updates, and support our work!