Case Study: City of Oakland closes loophole in flavored tobacco products policy, strengthens enforcement

In May 2020, the Oakland City Council closed a loophole exempting “adult-only” tobacco stores from the city’s flavored tobacco sales restrictions and further strengthened community tobacco control and enforcement measures. The policy also prohibited pharmacies from selling any tobacco products, set a minimum price of $8 for a pack of cigarettes and little cigars/cigarillos and a minimize pack size of 20 little cigars/cigarillos. The effort, led by the Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition (the Coalition), the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), Roots Community Health Center and the Alameda County Tobacco Control Program (TCP) – leveraged strong community partnerships to reflect broad and strong support for strengthening the Tobacco Retail License (TRL) policy as an urgent public health and social equity response in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In May 2020, the Oakland City Council closed a loophole exempting “adult-only” tobacco stores from the city’s flavored tobacco sales restrictions and further strengthened community tobacco control and enforcement measures. The policy also prohibited pharmacies from selling any tobacco products, set a minimum price of $8 for a pack of cigarettes and little cigars/cigarillos and a minimize pack size of 20 little cigars/cigarillos. The effort, led by the Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition (the Coalition), the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), Roots Community Health Center and the Alameda County Tobacco Control Program (TCP) – leveraged strong community partnerships to reflect broad and strong support for strengthening the Tobacco Retail License (TRL) policy as an urgent public health and social equity response in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.