Clatsop County must take action to fight big tobacco
Dear [Decision Maker],
In 2018, 23.7% of retailers inspected illegally sold tobacco products to people under 21. That is why I am urging your support of a tobacco retail license ordinance in Clatsop County. Although our state has taken steps in the right direction to prevent kids from a life-long addiction to tobacco products, there is still much more to be done. A majority of U.S. states require tobacco retailers to obtain a license before selling deadly and addictive products, but not Oregon. Requiring tobacco retailers to obtain a license would provide the county with a list of all tobacco retailers along with where they are located which would assist with enforcement of tobacco control laws and retailer education. Without a tobacco retail license, store owners and clerks are not incentivized to follow current tobacco laws because they know enforcement checks are rare. What is most egregious is that without a tobacco retail license, local governments have no power to stop a bad-acting retailer from selling tobacco products to underage youth. A strong tobacco retail license ordinance would change that by empowering local public health officials to protect our kids.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]