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Salem Police Conducts Tobacco Compliance Checks

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Salem Police Department recently conducted tobacco compliance check with several area businesses.  Seventeen-businesses were inspected in the first of three rounds of compliance checks on all tobacco retailers in Salem.  One business was found to be in violation of the law.  Jason Konkel of Swifty Gas on West Main Street was issued a notice to appear in court for selling tobacco to a minor, which is a violation of city ordinance.  

Tobacco compliance checks are performed to determine if they are complying with state and local minimum-age tobacco laws, which prohibits selling tobacco products to minors.  The Salem Police Department has educated tobacco retailers on minimum-age tobacco laws with the help of a grant from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's tobacco enforcement program. 

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