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3 Naperville businesses cited for selling cigarettes to kids

Owners and employees of three businesses have been ticketed by Naperville police for selling cigarettes to teenagers.

Police officers during the last two weeks of January completed their second round of “tobacco compliance checks,” Sgt. Bill Davis said in a release. More than 70 businesses were tested, with police sending a boy or girl under 18 inside in an attempt to buy cigarettes, Davis said.

Three businesses failed the test. Davis identified them as the BP service station at 4940 S. Route 59 on Naperville’s far southwest side; Chi City Tobacco, at 1224 W. Ogden Ave. on the northwest side; and the Speedway station at 631 N. Route 59, in the far northwest part of town.

The clerks who sold the cigarettes to the decoys were issued city of Naperville ordinance violation tickets, “for selling tobacco to a person under the age of 18,” Davis said.

“With help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s ‘Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here’ tobacco enforcement program, (police) educate local tobacco retailers on minimum-age tobacco laws, and the importance of verifying the age of customers before selling age-restrictive products” like tobacco, Davis said.

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