What is a Tobacco Retail License (TRL)?
A tobacco retail license is a special license the government issues to businesses that sell tobacco products. It aims to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.
How does a TRL work?
Stores that sell tobacco buy a local tobacco license each year. The fees from the program fund law enforcement to make sure tobacco retailers do not sell to people under the age of 21 . These programs have reduced illegal tobacco sales to youth throughout the state of California. There are over 120 communities in California that have a tobacco retail licensing program.
Why is a TRL needed?
While it is illegal to sell tobacco products to people under 21, these products still end up in the hands of young people. Fresno County youth can obtain these products online, from someone they know, or from local stores. A TRL can help protect local residents, especially youth, from the harms of tobacco.