Despite all the efforts to stop teen smoking, the problem is on the rise in Los Gatos, at least according to a coalition of anti-tobacco activists.

After conducting a series of decoy operations throughout Santa Clara County to see which stores sold tobacco to minors, the group gave Los Gatos a grade of 66, the equivalent of a “D.” It signifies a sharp drop from the “B” that Los Gatos received last year.

The news comes just two weeks after a survey conducted by the American Lung Association in California showed that 83 percent of California voters support a fee for licenses to sell tobacco products, with the revenues from that fee going to police the sale of tobacco to minors.

The results were even higher in Santa Clara County, with some 88 percent of respondents supporting the licensing fee. Similarly, some 73 percent of respondents also said that they would support a ban on selling tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools.

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