Stores that sell tobacco or vaping products have to buy a retail license
The new year saw a number of new laws go into effect across Oregon, including one that requires retailers to buy a license in order to sell tobacco or e-cigarette and vaping products.
According to public health officials, the purpose of Tobacco Retail License law is to let the state more accurately track where tobacco is being sold to ensure that businesses are following Oregon’s tobacco laws, like not selling to anyone under the age of 21.
“Nearly 90% of people who use tobacco start before they turn 18. So, this law protects young people’s health today and reduces the likelihood that they will become addicted to nicotine,” said Krista Klingensmith, Tobacco Prevention and Education Program Coordinator for Jackson County Public Health. “This law is an important step in stopping those sales and providing further protection for youth.”
JCPH says that one in six Oregon tobacco retailers inspected in 2019 sold tobacco illegally to people under 21. For flavored products, which are most popular with kids, it was one in five. Over 50% of stores that were inspected in Jackson County sold tobacco to people under 21 in 2019.
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