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Model California Ordinance Requiring a Tobacco Retailer License


ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law & Policy, which included the Technical Assistance Legal Center) developed this Model Ordinance to help California cities and counties that want to require local tobacco retailer licensing. Licenses are one way to ensure compliance with local business standards, to reduce youth access to tobacco, and to limit the negative public health effects associated with tobacco use.

The Model Ordinance contains all the essential elements for a local tobacco retailer license, including descriptions of who must obtain a license, requirements and prohibitions for licensees, enforcement provisions, and penalties.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

CDC Winnable Battles

Keyword Area:

Policies, Tobacco


Institutional Author:

ChangeLab Solutions





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