Long Beach selling tobacco products
On December 13, 2014, Juvenile Investigations detectives, along with the Department of Health and Human Services, participated in a Tobacco Decoy Operation. During this operation, minors entered businesses and requested to buy tobacco products.
Illegal tobacco sales to minors in Long Beach have decreased by 79% since 2004, according to the new data from the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department).
In 2004, the illegal sales rate to minors in Long Beach was 36.1 percent, compared to the statewide rate of 14 percent.
Earlier this month, the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division conducted a Tobacco Decoy Program as part of ongoing efforts to educate and support merchants who resist the sales of tobacco products to minors.