The Iowa City Police Department conducted tobacco sales law compliance checks between December 7, 2017 and December 16, 2017 at the fifty-seven businesses licensed to sell tobacco or other nicotine or vapor products. Working with plainclothes officers, underage persons entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase these products. Forty-eight businesses refused to sell tobacco or other nicotine or vapor products to the underage buyers.
Nine businesses checked by police sold to the underage buyers. The businesses that failed the compliance checks were:
- On the Go Convenience Store – 2315 Muscatine Ave.
- Casey’s – 1904 Broadway St.
- Creekside Market – 2601 Hwy 6 E
- Kirkwood Liquor & Tobacco – 300 Kirkwood Ave.
- Casey’s – 204 N Dubuque St.
- Nile Hookah – 220 S Van Buren St.
- The Convenience Store – 106 S Linn St.
- Deli Mart – 2410 Mormon Trek Blvd.
- Deli Mart – 525 Hwy 1 W
The employees who sold tobacco products to the underage buyers were each charged with, “Employee Selling Tobacco to Persons Under Age 18.” An employee convicted of selling tobacco products to persons under age 18 years of age is guilty of a simple misdemeanor, punishable with a $100 fine for the offense. Additionally, the violations may result in civil penalties against the tobacco licenses.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.