$30 Million in Grants Available to Local Governments and Law Enforcement to Reduce Illegal Sales of Tobacco

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Approved by voters in 2016, Prop. 56 increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products by $2.00 starting in April 2017 and established a grant program for local governments, administered by the California Department of Justice. The grant funds are intended to support local efforts to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.
NEWS RELEASE – Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General
April 27, 2018
(415) 703-5837

Grants support localities as they work to combat the illegal sale of tobacco to minors

Application period ends May 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today urged local governments and agencies to apply for a new grant program that aims to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products, especially to minors. The multimillion-dollar grant program was established and is funded by the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop. 56).

The deadline for localities to apply is May 25, 2018. Additional information on application requirements and eligibility criteria is available here.

Examples of local entities that could apply for the grant funding include:

  • Cities, counties or local government agencies that apply for funding to:
    • bring local businesses into compliance with current tobacco ordinances;
    • support community and retailer outreach and education programs;
    • improve police training;
    • create media awareness campaigns;
    • inspect local tobacco retail licenses;
    • install signs regarding tobacco-related regulations, e.g., no smoking signs in parks.
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