With Cigarette smoking killing 480,000 Americans each year, the City of San Marcos has advanced a Tobacco Retail License (TRL policy). The policy was first voted on July 12, 2016. The San Marcos City Council voted 4-0 in favor of introducing the new policy; Councilmen Chris Orlando was not present. The purpose of the proposed policy is to encourage responsible tobacco retailing and to discourage the violation of tobacco related laws.
The TRL requires all businesses that sell tobacco products to obtain a local license to sell these products. As of January 2016, 124 cities and counties in California have adopted a local tobacco retailer licensing law including the city of Vista, who passed their TRL policy in 2005.
With a total of 60 businesses that sell tobacco and e-cigarette products in San Marcos, the TRL policy would require them to pay an annual fee of $189.52, which will be put in place to cover the costs to perform compliance checks. Similar to the Vista TRL model, San Marcos will be incentivizing tobacco retailers to follow the rules by providing opportunities to receive rebates on their annual fee for being compliant. The rebate that each tobacco retailer may obtain is a total of $60 per year.
According to the San Diego Healthy Kids Survey, in San Marcos, 21% of ninth graders and 34% of eleventh graders have reported smoking an e-cigarette. Tobacco use among youth is of particular concern, as 90% of current adult smokers started smoking regularly at age 18 or younger. This policy puts focus on preventing the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors, helping to protect public health and safety.
Did You Know?
- Cigarette smoking kills 480,000 people in America each year. Tobacco use among youth is of particular concern, as 90% of current adult smokers started smoking regularly at age 18 or younger.
- Nearly a million and a half kids under the age of 18 will try their first cigarette this year.
- Statewide, more than 600,000 middle school students smoke cigarettes.
- In San Marcos, 21% of ninth graders and 34% of eleventh graders have reported smoking an e-cigarette.
- As of January 2016, 124 cities and counties in California have adopted a local tobacco retailer licensing law.
- In 2015, 3 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes, up from 2.46 million in 2014.
- In San Marcos, 32% of eleventh graders reported it being “very easy” to obtain cigarettes.