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July 1, 2011 > Union City businesses comply with tobacco laws

Union City businesses comply with tobacco laws

Submitted By Sergeant Matias Pardo, Union City PD

As a part of a grant obtained by the Alameda County Health Department Tobacco Control program, the Union City Police Department recently conducted a minor decoy effort and other tobacco enforcement operations. These periodic actions are an effective tool to measure retailer compliance with State Laws that make it illegal to sell or provide tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 years and test compliance with laws that prohibit smoking in bars or eating establishments.

During the week of June 20, minor decoys visited approximately 40 tobacco retail establishments selected at random throughout the city to purchase tobacco products. If a merchant sold tobacco products to the minor, appropriate enforcement action would be taken immediately. A violation of this section of law is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $200 fine for the fist offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for the third offense. None of the retailers sold tobacco to the minor decoys.

Officers also conducted compliance checks with approximately nine restaurant/bars and stand-alone bars to ensure there was no smoking within 20 feet of main entrances and exits as well as inside the businesses. No violations were discovered.

Forty-four cigarette retailers were contacted and provided information about the Stake Act which makes it illegal to sell tobacco, cigarette, cigarette papers or any preparation of tobacco, instruments and paraphernalia designed for smoking or ingestion of tobacco to persons under the age of 18.

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