ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Police Department (RSPD) recently conducted tobacco compliance checks on 25 businesses. Of those visited, six failed the compliance checks.
According to a release from the RSPD, on February 26, the department conducted compliance checks of 25 business selling tobacco within city limits. The purpose of the checks is to ensure tobacco license holders are working to prevent the sale of tobacco to purchasers under the age of 21. Of the establishments that were checked, 19 passed.
Flying J, Albertsons, Up in Smoke, Black Market Vape, L+G Gifts and Wyoming Smoke were the six businesses that did not pass the compliance checks.
The employees who sold tobacco to the underage buyers were issued a citation for violating city ordinance 3-3-231, restriction on sale, gift and use of tobacco, with a fine of $160, the release states.
A local volunteer participated in the compliance checks. The volunteer was 20 years of age and had a valid and legal driver’s license, which was shown to every seller that asked.
The businesses and employees who successfully passed the compliance check deserve well-earned congratulations for their diligence in preventing tobacco sales to under age purchasers, the RSPD stated.