June 3, 2016 07:15AM
By Jason Vallee
Sun staff writer
STONINGTON — Two businesses were cited for sale of tobacco to minors following a series of unannounced tobacco compliance checks in the community Wednesday, but police said more than 90 percent of all businesses were found to be following the law.
Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said officers, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, conducted undercover inspections at 32 businesses in Stonington on Wednesday with most locations being in compliance.
“A total of 32 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted in Mystic, Stonington and Pawcatuck. Of this total, two establishments were found to be in violation.” Olson said in a press release. “The offending clerks at these establishments were issued an infraction in the amount of $200.”
Olson said the inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen. Under the direction and supervision of Department of Health investigators, an underage youth employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products.
Businesses cited include the Stonington Shell at 522 Stonington Road and the Mystic Mobil at 66 Whitehall Ave. in Mystic. The cigarette dealer license holder at each establishment also faces additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services, the state agency that issues such licenses.