The Cambrian

Tobacco sting catches eight local businesses selling to minors

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office caught eight businesses selling tobacco products to minors in a countywide tobacco sting that ended Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency’s Tobacco Control Program to conduct the operation, in which the enforcement agencies utilized underage decoys to detect illegal sales of tobacco products to minors in unincorporated areas of the county.

The decoys were two boys under age 18 who visited 56 tobacco retailers.

Authorities said the businesses that sold to the decoys were Cambria Chevron, Cambria General Store, Cookie Crock Market in Cambria, La Salsa Market in Shandon, Pier Liquor in Oceano, San Miguel Market and Deli, Baywood Market in Los Osos and Templeton Chevron. This was the second violation for Baywood Market and Templeton Chevron.