Two convenience stores in Niagara County have been fined for selling tobacco products to minors earlier this year. The county Health Department and the Sheriff's Office orchestrated the compliance checks.
Kwik Stop Mart on Locust Street in Lockport was fined $1,100 for being a second-time violator. Oliver Express Mart on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda was fined $500 as a first offender, the Health Department announced.
Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said those were the only violations found among 93 stores where 16- and 17-year-olds attempted to buy tobacco. In addition to the fines, employees of the stores that made the illegal sales were required to undergo training monitored by the Health Department.