Checks don’t smoke out any tobacco violations


Evanston police say they conducted tobacco complance checks at 34 businesses selling tobacco products this week and didn't find any that were selling to underage patrons.

A police spokesman says such checks are conducted several times a year using testers under the age of 21 who enter businesses under the supervision of juvenile bureau detectives and attempt to make a purchase. If the business sells the product without checking for proper proof-of-age identification, the business is cited for underage sale.

State law prohibits sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 18, and an Evanston ordinance prohibits sales to anyone under 21.

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