Four Milford nicotine retailers fail compliance inspection, police say

Four of 19 Milford retailers failed to confirm customers were over 21 before selling tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes to them during an unannounced compliance inspection Monday, according to Milford police.

Four of 19 Milford retailers failed to confirm customers were over 21 before selling tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes to them during an unannounced compliance inspection Monday, according to Milford police.

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MILFORD — Four local retailers were found in violation of state laws regarding the sale of tobacco products and/or electronic cigarettes Monday, according to police.

Convenience stores, smoke shops and other establishments that sell tobacco products and/or electronic cigarettes are required by the state of Connecticut to verify that customers are over 21 before allowing them to purchase such items, according to Milford police. To confirm age, clerks must inspect the photo ID of any customer who appears under 30, police said.

Milford police partnered with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program to conduct unannounced compliance inspections of 19 retailers that sell tobacco products or electronic cigarettes Monday, according to police. Such establishments are licensed by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, police said.

Four of the 19 retailers failed the inspection, according to police. They included Devon Smoke Shop at 149 Bridgeport Ave.; 
Galaxy Fuel/FoodMart at 180 New Haven Ave.; Krauszers Food Stores at 631 Milford Point Road; Patriot Fuels Food Shop at 714 Boston Post Road; and Shell at 1345 New Haven Ave., police said.

Police said the offending clerks were each issued a $300 fine. Further disciplinary action could be taken at the discretion of the Department of Revenue Services, as non-compliant inspection results are referred to the department, police said.

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