Two Pismo Beach stores were cited Monday after allegedly selling tobacco to an underage teen, the latest in San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Program’s efforts with local law enforcement agencies to stamp out illegal tobacco sales.
De Palo & Sons on the 2600 block of Shell Beach Road and the Pismo Food Store on the 500 block of Price Street each sold tobacco to a minor during the operation, officials said.
Fifteen locations were found to be in compliance, leading to an overall success rate of 83 percent.
In recent years, police departments have worked with the Tobacco Control Program throughout the county, employing a teenager — under the supervision of police — to attempt to buy tobacco products at local stores.
Retailers who sell to minors face a series of fines and the possibility of having their license to sell tobacco suspended. Stores in violation are offered a free training course to avoid future citations.