Tobacco marketing in community stores drives tobacco use. Communities may reduce harmful exposure to this marketing. (See our Point of Sale Policies resources for effective policy options.) Upon determining a feasible sales regulation, a community will select how to implement the regulation. Requiring a local license to sell tobacco products is an effective implementation method that helps simplify enforcement of the sales regulation and can quickly yield desired results. Alternate implementation methods for regulating sales of tobacco products include adopting an ordinance directly specifying conditions for permissible tobacco product sales, or amending the zoning code. For more information on implementation methods for POS policies, visit our resources below.
Point of Sale Policy: New York Communities Taking Action
Guide identifying progressive local tobacco controls that limit tobacco industry influence in the retail environment.
Just the Facts: Tobacco Retail Licensing
Fact sheet briefly describing the potential public health benefits of licensing tobacco retailers.
Model New York Ordinances for Tobacco Retail Licensing
Model ordinances for New York communities seeking to use local licensing to limit the number, type, and location of tobacco outlets and to regulate the redemption of tobacco price promotions. These models can be tailored to fit a particular community's needs.
Tobacco Retail Licensing: Promoting Health Through Local Sales Regulation
Technical report providing the public health rationale for limiting the number, type, and location of tobacco outlets, and limiting the redemption of price promotions through a local retail license. The report describes how to implement a tobacco retail license as well as offers a model licensing ordinance.
Legal Issues: Tobacco Retail Licensing
Fact sheet briefly describing legal considerations for communities interested in crafting a successful tobacco retail licensing system.
Reducing Youth Exposure to Tobacco Marketing
Report exploring policies to reduce exposure to tobacco marketing at the point of sale through comprehensive licensing, zoning and board of health rules.