Stores in our communities play a critical role in our health. They not only impact the economic well-being of neighborhoods, but also the physical health of the people who visit them. Using tobacco, eating unhealthy foods and excessive use of alcohol take years from our lives and cause chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The types of stores we have in our community, the types of products available in the stores and how they’re promoted influence us all, but especially our kids. Many of these products, like junk food and tobacco, contribute to lifelong chronic health issues.
What can we do?
Limiting access to tobacco products is the first step in preventing tobacco-related diseases. Effective strategies include eliminating the sale of tobacco products to minors, regulating electronic cigarettes, increasing enforcement of existing laws, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.
Tobacco 21: Information for Merchants
As of December 20, 2019, the federal age of sale for tobacco products is 21 with no exemption for military personnel. Please visit the websites below for more information and to obtain free resources.
With 16,800 youth starting to smoke in California each year, many local communities have taken action to protect the youth in their communities. Most importantly, many communities have adopted strong local tobacco retailer licensing ordinances that include licensing fees fund enforcement programs and strong penalties in the case of violations.
In addition to the basic licensing ordinance, some communities have adopted other policies that can be “plugged-in” to the basic licensing ordinance to provide greater health protections for youth.
These policy options include prohibiting the sale of tobacco products near schools, creating license penalties for the sale of drug paraphernalia, banned flavors and restricting the individual sale of little cigars and cigarillos.
Tobacco use and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to many short-term and long-term issues for the individual and surrounding community. The link below shows the local available data about Tobacco
New Law on Flavored Tobacco Products in the City of Napa
On October 2020, Napa City Council voted unanimously in favor of updating the City’s smoking regulations, including placing a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products within the City, with certain exemptions. The new restrictions became effective on January 1, 2021.
This law affects only retailers – not the use or possession of these products by individuals.