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4 Newtown stores sold cigarettes, vapes to underage patrons in compliance checks

A compliance check of local business which sell tobacco and vape products has been carried out by Newtown Police.  Officers found that a third of those checked sold to underage customers.  4 of 12 businesses sold to members of the Danbury Police Cadet program, all under age 21, who were used in the operation.

Newtown Police note that it's against Connecticut State law to sell or deliver tobacco or E-cigarette products to individuals under 21 years of age.  Merchants are encouraged to have their employees ask for identification of anyone attempting to buy tobacco products who appear to be under the age of 27.   Newtown Police say it's another layer of security and the staff should feel comfortable in asking. 

According to the CDC nicotine can be harmful to the adolescent brain which continues to develop until about age 25. 

Newtown Parent Connection sponsored the compliance checks.  Brand Cigars on South Main Street, Mobil and Wheels on Church Hill Road sold vaping products.  Wheels further on Church Hill Road sold cigarettes.  In three of the cases, Police say the cadets were not asked for identification.

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