El Dorado County is putting a hold on accepting tobacco retailer business applications in its unincorporated areas, which became effective Jan. 30 after the Board of Supervisors approved an interim moratorium.

A rapid rise in tobacco businesses in the county has leaders concerned; 52 new licenses have been issued since 2020, which equates to a 36% increase of tobacco retail businesses in El Dorado County.

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This county lost all credibility when SLT approved its marijuana lounge for indoor pot smoking. If this was a marijuana dispensary issue, the county would not have issued a moratorium. Children under 21 can't legally buy tobacco, matches, or a lighter and I fail to see the connection between the number of stores that sell adult products and the increase in youth smoking. It's efforts like this that show how hypocritical our government is.

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