Five businesses in Newtown failed to comply with the law during an unannounced compliance inspection into the sale of tobacco and electronic-cigarette items. A trained and supervised minor deployed by the state Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program entered several retail establishments and tried to buy tobacco or e-cigarette products without identification.
19 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted.
Those not in compliance were Bottle Stop Wine & Spirits on Queen Street, Dodgingtown Market & Deli, Sugar Hill, LLC – Gulf , Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits on S. Main Street and Walgreens on S. Main Street. The clerks were issued infractions and non-compliant tobacco retailers were referred to the Department of Revenue Services for possible administrative sanctions.
Newtown Police say the effort was carried out with the support of Newtown Prevention Council as a part of their continuing efforts to prevent tobacco use and support healthy, substance-free living.