The Arroyo Grande Police Department conducted a tobacco sting April 8 in which three out of 18 stores sold tobacco products to a teenager.
The city adopted a tobacco retail ordinance in 2005 that requires all retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products. An annual fee helps fund enforcement compliance checks.
Retailers who violate the ordinance face a series of penalties including suspension of license, said Melissa Peters with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department in a news release. More compliance checks are planned.