Studies show that schools with more tobacco retailers in walking distance have more students who smoke.

Through the implementation of a Tobacco Retail License, we will attempt to create a safe space around public schools where tobacco cannot be sold.

Other products that can be harmful to school-aged kids, like alcohol and sexually oriented businesses, have regulations and buffer zones for schools at the state, county, and city levels, but tobacco did not UNTIL the local Tobacco Retail License passed in Alachua County. Retailers are now restricted from selling tobacco products within a 1000-foot buffer around public schools, effective October 22nd, 2019.