Should Lane County require a license for a store to sell tobacco?

Should Lane County require a license for a store to sell tobacco?

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EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon is one of 13 states that don't require businesses to have a license to sell tobacco.

When stores are found selling tobacco to minors, the individual seller is held accountable, not the business owner.

And repeat offenders don't face escalating penalties.

Cities do have the ability to license businesses, and those in Eugene and Springfield are regulated by the respective cities.

But 300 operators outside city limits can sell tobacco without any kind of license.

A new proposal from Lane County Health and Human Services would like to change that. Although in its infancy, the licensing idea put forth would hold all businesses in the county to the same standards. 

Business owners and businesses themselves would be more accountable - and stores with repeat offenses would jeopardize their license.