Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey in City of Roseville
Placer County Health and Human Services Tobacco Prevention Program recently conducted a tobacco youth purchase survey in Roseville in collaboration with local youth volunteers and law enforcement in the City of Roseville. Placer County conducts these purchase surveys as part of an ongoing effort to reduce minors’ access to tobacco products. Under Penal code 308 (a) storeowners and clerks who sell tobacco products to a minor can face fines from $200-$6,000. Nineteen tobacco retailers were randomly chosen for compliance with Penal Code 308 (a), which declares “no person, business, firm or corporation, can sell, give, or in any way furnish tobacco products to a person under the age of 18.”
A youth purchase survey conducted in 2007 revealed that 94% of tobacco retailers in Roseville were compliant with Penal Code 308 (a). The follow-up survey, recently conducted in 2010, revealed 100% compliance among tobacco retailers. Placer County Tobacco Prevention Program would like to thank all retailers for their compliance and for not selling tobacco to underage youth.
During the youth purchase survey, adherence to another tobacco law was verified. State law requires tobacco retailers to post age of warning (STAKE Act) with the phone number 1-800-5 ASK-4-ID at each register.
Parents and community members can assist local tobacco prevention efforts. If you observe a store or clerk selling tobacco to a minor, call 1-800-5 ASK-4-ID to report it.
For any other tobacco-related questions, contact the Placer County Tobacco Prevention Program at (530) 889.7141.