Nov 29, 2011 4:01 PM by KSBY News (Staff)

San Luis Obispo is more strict on illegal tobacco sales than California average

San Luis Obispo shows a significantly lower illegal tobacco sales rate than the California state average.

In an effort to reduce youth access to tobacco, the San Luis Obispo Police Department and San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Program conducted a tobacco sting.

Information released on November 23 showed that two local teens were denied the purchase of tobacco from 42 locations. Police say only Manuel's Liquors on the 2100 block of Broad Street sold a teen tobacco without asking for identification.

The operation resulted in a 2.31% illegal sales rate. The state average is 7.7%

Compliance checks like this one will continue to be conducted on a regular basis, said the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency.

The agency reminds the public that it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.



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