Encourage Limited Access to Tobacco

Convenience Stores

If you see someone selling tobacco to a minor, or if you see any tobacco products that are not secured behind the counter, call 1-800-5-ASK-4-ID and report it. The call is anonymous.

Make sure your neighborhood has strong local policies to prevent children from obtaining tobacco by visiting the Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing.

You can also speak up to the manager when you see that a convenience store has a high number of tobacco ads posted. Seventy-five percent of teens visit a convenience store at least once a week and point-of-purchase advertising and displays have been found to increase average tobacco sales by 12 percent.3

Pharmacies

Should pharmacies, which are supposed to be keeping you healthy, be able to sell tobacco products? Let your City Council and County Board of Supervisors know your opinion.

Ninety percent of all smokers begin their road to addiction before they are legally allowed to purchase tobacco products. 1 2

  • References

    1. SAMHSA, Health and Human Services. National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2007.
    2. Health and Human Services. Youth and Tobacco: Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1995.
    3. Feighery, E, et al., "Cigarette advertising and promotional strategies in retail outlets: results of a statewide survey in California," Tobacco Control 10L:184-188, 2001.

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