Effective at the beginning of this year, retailers in Oregon must have a tobacco retail license to sell commercial tobacco products and Inhalant Delivery Systems (IDS, also known as “e-cigarettes” or “vape”), per Senate Bill 587. The new Tobacco Retail License law lets the state more accurately track where tobacco is being sold and ensure that businesses follow tobacco laws, including not selling to people under age 21.

“Nearly 90% of people who use tobacco start before they turn 18. So, this law protects young people’s health today, and reduces the likelihood that they will become addicted to nicotine,” said North Central Public Health (NCPHD) District Director Shellie Campbell. “One in six tobacco retailers inspected in 2019 sold tobacco illegally to people under 21. For flavored products, which are most popular with kids, it was one in five. This law is an important step in stopping those sales.”