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No violations found in St. Charles tobacco compliance checks

ST. CHARLES – No violations were noted during the St. Charles Police Department's first round of tobacco compliance checks for the 2012-13 grant period, police announced Tuesday.

Compliance checks are performed to determine whether local tobacco retailers are complying with Illinois state minimum-age tobacco laws, which prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors.

On Nov. 26, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl helped police test 33 businesses, which also were inspected for required signage and the presence of synthetic tobacco or bath salt products.

No violations were issued. A congratulatory letter will be sent to the businesses, thanking them for their cooperation.

The inspection was the first of three during this period. Last year, 110 business inspections were conducted, and four charges were filed.

With the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program, St. Charles has been educating tobacco retailers on minimum age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of their customers while conducting compliance checks of area tobacco retailers. The city of St. Charles has participated in the program since 2005.

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