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Police ticket 4 for selling tobacco to underage residents


GILLETTE, Wyo. – Four employees at separate businesses were cited for selling tobacco products to underage customers during a recent round of compliance checks, according to the Gillette Police Department. 

As of March 29, GPD officers have conducted 35 tobacco compliance checks, according to Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson. 

During the checks, an employee at the S. Douglas Highway Familly Dollar, another at Black Market Vape, a third at Goodtimes Lounge, and a fourth at Smiths Express reportedly sold tobacco products to someone under the age of 21, Wasson said. 

All four employees were cited for selling tobacco to minors, per Wasson. 

According to the Gillette City Code, it is illegal to sell, offer to sell, give away, or deliver any tobacco products to someone who is under the age of 21. 

Tobacco products, per the code, include any product derived from tobacco containing nicotine like chewing and dipping tobacco, cigarettes and cigars, snuff, and pipe tobacco. The code also defines e-juice, e-liquid, pods, and vape juice as tobacco products.