State cites Milford businesses for tobacco law violations

Members of the Milford Police Department and staff members of the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program TPEP) conducted unannounced compliance inspections of establishments that sell tobacco products on March 22.

As a result of these inspections, five Milford businesses were cited for violating State laws prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to persons under the age of eighteen.

According to the Milford Police Department, the following establishments were found to be in violation of the law: Plains Road Mobil, 118 Plains Road; One Stop Grocery Convenience, 975 Bridgeport Avenue; Woodmont Shell, 1345 New Haven Avenue; Convenient Junction, 762 Boston Post Road; and Patriot Fuel & Food Shop, 719 Boston Post Road.

Under the direction and supervision of DMHAS investigators, an underage youth, employed by the TPEP, entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products.

A total of 19 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this total, the above five establishments were found to be in violation of the Connecticut General Statute 53-344(b) Sale of Tobacco to minors under eighteen, which carries a $200 fine. The offending clerks at these establishments were cited.

The cigarette dealer license holder at each establishment also faces additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services, the state agency that issues cigarette dealer licenses.