The Selling of Tobacco In Multnomah County report shows tobacco products are easily accessible to youth and more prevalent in neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color. The report looked at 411 retailers — how they advertise tobacco products, where the products are placed, and what kinds of products they sell, in addition to other factors. Researchers found some stores were out of compliance with existing laws prohibiting sales to minors as well as the sale of individual cigarettes, among other regulations. The report could lead to licensing requirements for tobacco retailers. Oregon does not currently require a license to sell tobacco products.
- Olivia Quiroz: Senior policy specialist for the Multnomah County Health Department