Glastonbury Police and DMHAS Conduct Tobacco Compliance Investigation Into Underage Tobacco Sales
On 4/17/19 the Glastonbury Police Department and members of the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP) conducted unannounced compliance inspections at establishments that sell tobacco products. The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen.
Under the direction and supervision of DMHAS investigators, an underage youth, employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products.
A total of 11 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this total, 1 establishment (Sam’s Food Store, 952 New London Turnpike) was found to be in violation of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Sec. 53-344(b), Sale of Tobacco to Minors Under Eighteen. The offending clerk at this establishment was issued an infraction in the amount of $200.
The cigarette dealer license holder at the offending establishment also faces additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services, the state agency that issues Cigarette Dealer Licenses.
It should be noted that the following businesses were found to be in compliance with the law:
Walgreens at 1312 Manchester Road
Shell Food Mart at 556 Hebron Ave.
The Country Store at 2187 New London Turnpike
Shell Food Mart at 2088 Hebron Ave.
Citgo at 592 Hebron Ave.
Walgreens at 2900 Main Street
7-Eleven at 3041 Main Street
Mobil Mart at 2997 Main Street
Cumberland Farms at 2875 Main Street
Shell at 2749 Main Street
A copy of the full press release can be found here.