Can a local tobacco retailer licensing law be used for anything besides preventing tobacco sales to minors?

Yes. A tobacco retailer licensing law may be the best tool to prevent sales to minors, but it can promote other innovative policy solutions as well, such as preventing the sale of drug paraphernalia, controlling the location and density of tobacco retailers, and imposing additional restrictions on the sale of other tobacco products like little cigars.

PHLP has developed model language for a tobacco retailer licensing law for California cities and counties. In addition, PHLP has drafted supplementary “plug-in” provisions that can be incorporated into the law, which provide different policy solutions like the ones mentioned above. For example, many communities are using a tobacco retailer license to address the sale of drug paraphernalia in their neighborhoods; a fact sheet here explains how. For more information, please see our page on Tobacco Retailer Licensing.