Table 1

Licensed tobacco retailers’ awareness of the law, exemption status, support for the law, ease of compliance and plans for compliance

ResponsesOverall n=16
n (%)
Respondent typeOwner2 (12.5)
Manager11 (68.8)
Clerk3 (18.8)
Business typeConvenience store1 (6.3)
Gas station with convenience2 (12.5)
Liquor store5 (31.3)
Small market/deli/produce market2 (12.5)
Supermarket/large grocery store1 (6.3)
Drug store/pharmacy1 (6.3)
Other4 (25.0)
Business was exempt from the law*Yes, risk of financial hardship3 (18.8)
Yes, business type†2 (12.5)
No11 (68.7)
Aware of law and date it became effectiveYes16 (100.0)
Support for the lawSupport or strongly support4 (25.0)
Oppose or strongly oppose11 (68.9)
Don’t know/undecided1 (6.3)
Questions specific to non-exempt businesses (n=11)
Complying with the law has been…Easy or very easy8 (72.7)
Difficult or very difficult3 (27.3)
How business complied with the law…Moved some or all tobacco products to offer for sale at another retail location5 (45.5)
Posted signs notifying customers3 (27.3)
Boxed up the banned products and placed them in storage3 (27.3)
Sold off some/all of our stock of tobacco products2 (18.2)
Trained employees to understand the law and respond to questions from customers4 (36.4)
Question specific to non-exempt businesses that found complying with the law to be difficult or very difficult (n=3)
Reasons for difficulty complying with the lawFear of going out of business3 (100.0)
Pressure from customers2 (66.7)
  • *Two retailers that self-reported ‘don’t know’ regarding their exempt status were reclassified after examination of city records. One retailer was reclassified as receiving a temporary exemption due to risk of financial hardship and one retailer did not receive an exemption.

  • †Includes Beverly Hills hotel concierge services and cigar lounges that existed before the law.