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DeKalb police say BP gas station on Lincoln Highway sold tobacco to minor

DeKALB – DeKalb police say a gas station on Lincoln Highway sold tobacco to a minor, according to a news release.

The city of DeKalb announced the results of their tobacco compliance check conducted Friday and said of the 29 tobacco retailers inspected in the city, one gas station – a BP station at 920 W. Lincoln Highway – sold tobacco to a minor. The gas station was handed an ordinance violation for the sale of tobacco to a minor.

The compliance checks were performed by DeKalb police to determine if local tobacco retailers were following the minimum-age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to those under the age of 21.

As of July 1, 2019, people in Ilinois must be at least 21-years-old to buy tobacco, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes.

The check on Jan. 10 was the first of three expected compliance checks in the city.

Checks are aided by a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy Em Here” Tobacco Code Enforcement program, the release states. Inspectors also provided each tobacco retailer with an information kit.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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