The San Luis Obispo County Health Agency’s Tobacco Control Program in coordination with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a recent countywide tobacco sales compliance check operation, which ended on February 9, 2013.
The compliance checks focused on unincorporated communities including San Miguel, Santa Margarita, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos, Avila Beach, Oceano and Nipomo.
With the assistance of four local teen decoys, fifty-one tobacco retailer locations were visited throughout the county. Three clerks of the 51 stores sold tobacco to the decoy. Of the three clerks cited for unlawful sales of tobacco products to a minor, all asked for identification but each failed to prevent the sale. It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.
During the compliance check enforcement operations, the 3 stores that engaged in the illegal sale of tobacco to a minor were A-1 Liquor, 105 South Main Street, Templeton, Johnson’s Market & Gifts, 1262 Pacific Boulevard, Oceano, and Oceano Market & Gas, 1711 Front Street, Oceano.