LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Department of Health and the Sheriff’s Office have conducted 57 compliance checks through March 31 at businesses to ensure tobacco products are not being sold to minors.
A Wilson business, Wilson's Lakeside, 337 Lake St., was cited on a first violation, according to officials. The business was fined $700 and the owner was required to conduct employee training and educational programs that will be monitored by the Department of Health. Penalties for each violation range from $300 to $2,500.
The county has been conducting tobacco compliance checks since July 1, 1999. The checks, which are supervised by adults, are carried out by 16- and 17-year-olds who attempt to purchase tobacco products, without presenting identification or revealing their correct age.