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ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law & Policy, which included
the Technical Assistance Legal Center) developed this Model Ordinance to help
California cities and counties that want to require local tobacco retailer
licensing. Licenses are one way to ensure compliance with local business
standards, to reduce youth access to tobacco, and to limit the negative public
health effects associated with tobacco use.
The Model Ordinance contains all the essential elements for a local tobacco
retailer license, including descriptions of who must obtain a license,
requirements and prohibitions for licensees, enforcement provisions, and