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LOS ANGELES -- City Attorney Mike Feuer, and Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez, announced today a multi-pronged effort to curb the illegal sale of tobacco to children in the City.
Feuer announced enhanced enforcement efforts including 30-day suspensions of 14 retailers who have sold tobacco to minors, increasing compliance checks and parental education programs. O’Farrell and Martinez introduced a motion that requests the City Attorney to report back to the City Council on existing Tobacco Retailer’s Permit Ordinance and Tobacco Enforcement Program.
“Selling cigarettes to our kids is not only harmful, it is illegal,” said Feuer. “With a neighborhood-focused approach, my Office is committed to systematically and effectively curtailing tobacco sales to minors.”
“Healthier communities is one of my top priorities,” said O’Farrell who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to be sure we have the policy in place to protect young Angelenos and the right enforcement tools to make an impact.”
"For too long, these retailers have put profits before the law and I’m proud to stand with my colleagues to curtail tobacco sales to our children," said Martinez. "Our community and its well-being is worth more than the price of a pack of cigarettes.”