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Tobacco Vendor Licensing

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Tobacco Vendor Licensing (TVL) reduces tobacco product availability and accessibility, particularly to vulnerable youth. A key tobacco control measure, TVL can limit tobacco retailer density around schools, parks, and hospitals; this is critically important because vendor abundance normalizes tobacco use, increases exposure to tobacco advertisements, and thwarts quit efforts. TVL can also restrict the types of products sold alongside tobacco and ensures inspectors know where products are sold, allowing for more effective enforcement of all point-of-sale tobacco laws.