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Three Niagara County businesses cited for selling tobacco to minors

Three businesses in Niagara County have been cited in the last nine months for selling tobacco to minors, according to county officials.

The Niagara County Health Department cited the Lockport Town & Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport; Gulf Express, 2221 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls; and Eastside Market, 1577 Lockport St., Olcott.

The citations were the first for Lockport Town & Country Club and Eastside Market. It was the second citation for the Gulf Express, according to the department.

The county levied a total of $2,250 in penalties and required each business to conduct employee training and educational programs. Fines can range from $350 to $2,500 per violation.

The citations followed 159 compliance checks made from July 1 through March 31. The compliance checks were made under adult supervision by 16- and 17-year olds who tried to buy tobacco products without identification and by being truthful about their age, officials said.