Retail Sales Bans

What’s a retail sales ban?
It’s a law or rule that restricts the types of stores that can sell tobacco products, or restricts whether stores can sell tobacco products based on where the store is located.

For example:

  • San Francisco, California has banned the sale of flavored tobacco and e-vapor products, including menthol.
  • Massachusetts has banned tobacco sales in stores with pharmacies.
  • Providence, Rhode Island has banned the use of coupons for tobacco products.
  • Contra Costa County, California has banned new retail licenses within 500 feet of another retailer and 1,000 feet of a school.

These laws could make it harder for you to find tobacco products. They also affect your local retailers who can lose significant revenue both from the sale of tobacco products and other products purchased by adult tobacco consumers.

While some of these proposals have been seen at the state level, many pop up in local jurisdictions and can move quickly to become law.

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