Concerned about the high rates of illegal tobacco sales to children in cities across San Diego County, some municipal leaders are advocating for the passage of ordinances that require retailers who choose to sell tobacco products to obtain a license for that privilege. Obtaining a tobacco retail license requires retailers to pay a permit fee to the city. Revenues generated from these licensing fees are dedicated to law enforcement programs that focus on protecting youth from illegal tobacco sales.

Tobacco Retail Licensing Laws in San Diego County

Resources for Public Health Advocates

Youth and Smoking Facts & Figures

Cigarettes Generate Big Revenue for Convenient Stores

Neighborhood Market Association and Local Ordinances Related to Tobacco Retailers

How You Can Help

  • Follow the Take Action steps to let your local government representative know you support requiring retailers to have a local license to sell tobacco products. Find your local representative here. Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church groups or club to join you.
  • Write a letter to the editor in response to something in the newspaper. Keep your response short and to the point. Letters to the editor are read by many and can make a difference.
  • Join the SmokeFreeSanDiego Team
  • Like us on Facebook to see what is going on in San Diego.

Concerned about youth access to tobacco products? Want to learn more?

If you are in North Inland (San Marcos, Escondido, Poway) or North Coastal (Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar) contact Vista Community Clinic at Gena@vistacommunityclinic.org  (760) 631-5000 ext. 7165 or Kmoya@vistacommunityclinic.org (760) 631-5000 ext. 7117

In you are in South Bay (Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Coronado) or East County (La Mesa, Santee, Lemon Grove) contact Lorenzo.higley@eccasa.org or 619-442-2727 ext. #6

If your community is not listed, contact us.

Resources for Policy Makers

The Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing

ChangeLab Solutions

Community Action Service Advocacy 

California Youth Advocacy Network

Examples of local ordinances and staff reports