If a store violates the local tobacco retailer license, why not just impose a fine rather than suspending or revoking the license?

Fines already exist under Penal Code section 308 and the STAKE Act. Yet tobacco sales to minors still occur. The model law provides for local regulation of tobacco retailers to further discourage them from violating already-existing local, state, or federal laws regulating tobacco. The threat of license suspension creates a greater financial deterrent to retailers than a simple fine. For many stores, especially convenience stores, tobacco sales make up a substantial portion of their revenue. Losing the authority to sell tobacco products for a month can cost retailers far more than the largest fines that can be imposed under Penal Code section 308 or the STAKE Act.

Learn more about tobacco retailer licensing on our TRL Licensing page.