Los Angeles City Attorney's Tobacco Enforcement Program

The Tobacco Enforcement Program (TEP) within the Office of LA City Attorney Mike Feuer is responsible for developing citywide tobacco-control policies and enforcing tobacco-related laws. In addition to issuing permits to more than 4,000 tobacco retailers in the city, TEP develops health-focused initiatives, such as Decreasing Adolescent Tobacco Access (DATA) and Responsible Retailer - and regularly collaborates with LAUSD - all in effort to keep cigarettes, e-cigarettes (vapes) and other tobacco products away from minors.

 

To report a violation of retailer sales, inquire or retailer information, or request a youth tobacco use prevention presentation please email the Tobacco Enforcement Program.

Information for Tobacco Retailers in the City of Los Angeles

If you sell tobacco products in the City of Los Angeles, you MUST have a valid City of Los Angeles Tobacco Retailer’s Permit, described in detail in the LA Municipal Code (PDF). It is a misdemeanor to sell tobacco products without a Tobacco Permit, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. The City of Los Angeles will suspend your Tobacco Permit if you sell tobacco to a minor, allow indoor smoking in an enclosed workplace or are convicted of violating any law involving tobacco retailing.


•    First violation: 30-day Tobacco Permit suspension
•    Second violation: 90-day Tobacco Permit suspension
•    Third violation: 120-day Tobacco Permit suspension
•    Fourth violation: Tobacco Permit revocation

 

To avoid a Tobacco Permit suspension, it is imperative that you and your employees follow the law. View the most recent Tobacco Permit suspensions. (link to PDF)

More information and resources for tobacco retailers in the City of Los Angeles.

Smoking, E-Cigarettes and Tobacco-Use Prohibitions

In the City of Los Angeles, smoking and vaping (e-cigarettes) are prohibited here:

 

·        Indoor workplaces, including residential daycare facilities 

·        Within 20 feet of entryways/exits/operable windows of government buildings 

·        Buildings owned or leased by the City of Los Angeles 

·        City-permitted farmers markets 

·        Outdoor dining areas 

·        Within 40 feet of a food kiosk, food cart or mobile food truck

·        City parks and beaches 

·        Public playgrounds 

·        Vehicles in which there is a minor present 

·        Public transportation systems 

·        The Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone

 

And the use of smokeless tobacco (such as chewing tobacco) is prohibited here:

·        All event sites for organized sporting events

·        City parks and beaches

City Attorney Tobacco-Related Initiatives

 
  • Decreasing Adolescent Tobacco Access (DATA)

The Decreasing Adolescent Tobacco Access (DATA) Initiative, funded by the California Attorney General’s Office through Prop 56 (the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act), further supports the City’s goal of keeping tobacco products away from youth. Through the DATA Initiative, the City has implemented several strategies to address the alarming increase in youth e-cigarette usage, including a comprehensive vaping awareness media campaign, an expanded youth outreach program, and an increase in undercover decoy compliance checks conducted by LAPD.

Red and Orange circuluar logo for DATA, in front of a plume of smoke. DATA stands for Decreasing Adolescent Tobacco Access.
 
  • Responsible Retailer

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer launched the Responsible Retailer initiative in 2015 in partnership with Ralph’s Grocery Company, Food 4 Less, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health. Through this effort, TEP educates tobacco retailers, whose stores are located near schools, about tobacco laws, e-cigarettes and overall responsible practices to create safer, healthier neighborhoods. TEP also presents to parents, teachers and law enforcement about the health impacts of e-cigarettes and tobacco-prevention strategies. 

 
Youth Tobacco-Use Prevention Resources

•    Flavors Hook Kids (PDF)

Flavored Tobacco Product Information, Education and Resources in multiple languages. 

•    Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (website)

Multi-language resources and advocacy tools and fact-sheets for educators, parents, and youth.


•    LA County research on tobacco use among High School students. (webpage)

•    Que es un "producto de tabaco" segun la ley en California? (PDF) Information in Spanish about different types of tobacco products.

Governments and Smoking Cessation Resources