Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in Oregon, but we can fight back!
If Oregonians need a license to drive a car, why don't businesses and retailers need a license to sell deadly tobacco products?? It doesn't make sense, does it?
As we've fought for improved tobacco control across Oregon, you may have heard us mention a policy called Tobacco Retail Licensure (TRL). TRL is simply a wonky way to say businesses that sell tobacco should have a license to do so.
But, why? What's the point of requiring businesses to have a license to sell tobacco products?
Well the short of it is this: requiring businesses to hold a license to sell tobacco will allow public health officials across the state to run compliance checks on these businesses to ensure they are following the tobacco control laws in our state. The license program will fund the compliance checks which will stop businesses from selling tobacco to our children. This is the most important take away: Businesses across Oregon can sell tobacco to children because without a license program it is nearly impossible to enforce the law!
Still wondering why ACS CAN is fighting for a TRL policy in Oregon?
- Without the state of Oregon requiring businesses to have a license to sell tobacco it is difficult to ensure compliance and enforcement of existing laws we've fought so hard for like, Tobacco 21 and the tax on e-cigarettes.
- Fairness! Other businesses in Oregon who sell age restricted items are required to hold licenses, it should be the same for tobacco.
- We need to support local business! Passing a law to require businesses to carry a license to sell tobacco allows the local Public Health Authority the ability to engage with local businesses to educate and train them on how to comply and prevent children from gaining access to tobacco!
Ready to quit!? Check out the Oregon Quit Line info here.