In the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey, 29 percent of Plumas County’s 11th graders reported trying cigarettes and 15 percent reporting current use. It is obvious that youth are being targeted through advertising and product placement in the retail environment. Plumas County Public Health works with retailers in the county to encourage healthy retail environments.
Plumas County Public Health Agency's Tobacco Use Reduction Program has been working with the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to develop an effective Tobacco Retail Licensing policy with the goal of reducing the illegal sales of tobacco to young people.
A timeline of the Tobacco Retail Licensing process is outlined below. For more information or to learn how to get involved, please call (530-283-6358) or E-mail Dana Cash, Health Education Coordinator for Plumas County Public Health agency.
|May 10, 2016
|Mimi Hall, Director of Plumas County Public Health Agency, presented to the Board of Supervisors the problem and impact of youth access to tobacco in Plumas County.
See presentation here.
|May 11, 2016
||Plumas County Public Health Agency staff sent a letter to all Plumas County tobacco retailers with a full draft of the ordinance and inviting them to the Board of Supervisor's meeting on 5/1716 to join I the process.
|May 13, 2016
||Plumas County Public Health Agency staff submitted community letters in support of Tobacco Retail License to the Board or Supervisors.
Cover letter to BOS
CEO of Plumas District Hospital
Plumas County Friday Night Live Youth Council
Superintendent of Plumas Unified School District
Executive Director of Plumas Rural Services
Plumas County Public Health Officer
Plumas County Office of Education Prevention Coordinator
20,000 Lives Coalition & Community Members
|May 17, 2016
||Tobacco Retail License was discussed at the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. Mimi Hall asked to push back the timeline for the ordinance reading and vote based on input from staff, local retailers, and the California Grocers Association on behalf of retailers.
See proposed 5/17/16 ordinance here.
|May 25, 2016
||An invitation letter was went to all tobacco retailers in Plumas County to attend or call into a roundtable discussion with Plumas County Public Health Agency and the Plumas County District Attorney regarding the proposed Tobacco Retail License on 6/7/16. A TRL Q&A fact sheet for retailers was also provided.
Tobacco Retailer Q&A
|June 7, 2016
||Plumas County Public Health Agency and Plums County District Attorney met with local retailers to discuss impact of a Tobacco Retail License and garner input for Tobacco Retail License revision.
|| TRL Information Provided:
||Tobacco Retailer Q&A
TRL Ordinance V2
Preventing Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors worksheet
|| Tobacco 21 Law Provided:
||Tobacco 21 State of California Website Page
Letter from California Department of Public Health, dated June 6, 2016
New STAKE ACT Signage
Minimum Sale Age and Electrong Smoking Devices Summary
ID Verification Tip Sheet
Tobacco Product Tip Sheet
We check ID sign
Tips for Retailers to Comply with California Law
Notice to Employees
A Tobacco Retailer FAQ
|July 6, 2016
||A summary of the Tobacco Retail License was printed in all county newspapers with the full ordinance posted online.
Full ordinance found at BOS website & PCPHA Healthy Retail Page
|July 12, 2016
||The first reading of the Tobacco Retail License Ordinance at Plumas County Board of Supervisors was postponed until ordinance language is clear that it will cost $0.00 for the Tobacco Retail License. With input from county officials, local retailers, and staff, changes from the originally proposed ordinance include:
Linked application approval to compliance with current laws on sales, signage, etc.
Added language that the Department will look for funding to reduce/eliminate the fee.
Increased the 3rd offense fine to $1,500
Automatically renews the license annually for up to five years unless retailer is non-compliant
Clerks under the age of 18 must have supervision from a person 21+ years of age to sell tobacco
TRL would go into effect January 1, 2017
See the full version of the revised Tobacco Retail License Ordinance here.
- Took out language linking fee to the Healthy Retailer Initiative
|July 18, 2016
July 19, 2016
|Plumas County Public Health Agency staff sent a letter to all Plumas County tobacco retailers with a full printout of the ordinance along with a cover letter highlighting the changes. These packets were also provided for the Plumas County Board of Supervisors for informational purposes.
Letter to Tobacco Retailers
Draft Tobacco Retail License
|July 27, 2016
Sept 1, 2016
|TRL Summary printed in county-wide newspapers
TRL Summary printed in county-wide newspapers
|Sept 13, 2016
||First reading of the Tobacco Retail License Ordinance at the Board of Supervisor's Meeting.
Tobacco Retail License 9/13/16
|Sept 20, 2016
||Plumas County Board of Supervisors will vote on the Tobacco Retail License
June 9, 2016 - NEW Landmark California TOBACCO 21 LAW
Retailers: Resources Available Here
YOUTH TOBACCO PURCHASES IN PLUMAS
Each year, Tobacco Use Reduction Program staff
retailers in the county to make sure they are
in compliance with the STAKE act and to educate
them on how to avoid selling tobacco to minors.
Annual compliance checks are coordinated with
the Plumas County Sheriff’s Department, as well.
This year, one in every four stores sold tobacco
For a closer look at the chart, please click here.
A proven way to reduce the rate of illegal tobacco
sales to minors is to implement a tobacco retail
licensing policy. More than 140 communities in
California have successfully lowered their illegal
sales rate through tobacco retail licensing. To find
out more about these types of policies, call
||SNAP ED PARTNERSHIP
Plumas County’s Tobacco Use Reduction Program works closely with the county’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education department. Both programs encourage retailers to create environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice. Click here to learn about Plumas County's SNAP Ed Program.
TIPS FOR CREATING HEALTHY STORES (Click Here)