Authorities bust tobacco sellers

February 19, 2013

By Staff

Throughout 2012, authorities busted King County retailers for selling tobacco to teenagers 92 times.

The illegal sales rate topped 8 percent, a drop from the 12 percent rate in 2011, but up from the 6 percent average between 2006-10.

The compliance checks did not reveal any problems at Issaquah retailers, although Safeway in Sammamish sold tobacco to a minor in April 2012, according to a county report.

In Washington, selling tobacco to a minor is prohibited by law, with a $100 fine and tobacco education for the retailer and a $50 fine for the clerk. Repeat offenders within two years receive fines up to $1,500 and may have tobacco sales licenses revoked.

The health agency and the Washington State Liquor Control Board conduct retailer compliance checks throughout the year.



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