San Pablo receives state funds to combat tobacco sales to minors


San Pablo today received $612,000 in state funds to combat the sales of tobacco products to minors.

The grant, a large portion of a $37.5 million state funding stream to combat illegal sales to minors, was covered by KPIX Ch. 5, and shared by the San Pablo Police Department on Facebook.

“San Pablo received a portion of this grant funding to help our Police Department address this serious public health concern by battling underage smoking within our community,” San Pablo police reported. “This grant will help our Police Department fund operations, retailer training programs, the installation of signage, youth outreach, tobacco retail license inspections, training for sworn personnel, and other activities.”

San Pablo, which encompasses 2.63 square miles, has seven schools and more than 60 businesses that sell tobacco, according to the KPIX report. More than 4,000 students live in and around the city, Lt. Brian Bubar told the news station.