California Bill Takes Aim at Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors

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California Bill Takes Aim at Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors

03/29/2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) is turning his legislative attention to retailers who sell tobacco products to minors. His bill targeting the issue (AB 1301) was introduced to the Assembly on March 25.

Under the proposal, retailers with three violations in two years could have their tobacco sales license suspended. Furthermore, retailers with five violations in five years could have their permits revoked, according to California Healthline.

The bill is a noticeable change from what is on the books now. Current legislation calls for a retailer to lose its license if it is caught selling tobacco products to minors eight times in two years.

The Food and Drug Administration is hoping its Webinar series will address the problem before it happens. The first webinar of the six-part series, which will take place today at 1 p.m., will give retailers an overview of the regulations restricting the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to protect minors.