The Vallejo Community Change Coalition (VCCC) works extensively addressing the harmful effects of secondhand smoke through various policy campaigns as well as to get a Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) policy adopted in Vallejo. A TRL policy would reduce access to tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 and ensure tobacco retailers operate responsibly.
The VCCC has a long history working on TRL. In 2010, the Vallejo City Council considered adopting a TRL, an ad hoc committee was created and all that was left was the creation of a fee schedule. However, the momentum ceased.
Over the last year and a half, the VCCC worked to get a TRL policy passed. The VCCC conducted educational meetings with four City Council members and the City Manager presenting data on youth tobacco use, ways to fund enforcement, adoption by other municipalities and emphasizing the importance and benefits of TRL. The VCCC also provided information on how the city can create a budget and calculate a fee structure utilizing tools through ChangeLab Solutions. Technical assistance and support from Fighting Back Partnership staff was also offered to the city. Despite numerous efforts made, a TRL policy was not adopted.
The VCCC will still continue its efforts to create a healthy environment for Vallejo kids and families and address the negative impacts of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other harmful products.