During the weekend of September 14 – September 15, 2019 the Bristol Police Department conducted a tobacco and vape compliance check on several retail businesses in Bristol. This operation, led by Sergeant Paul Medeiros, was initiated to check the compliance of retailers against state regulations prohibiting the sale of tobacco and vape products to juveniles.
The investigation determined that two retailers sold vape products to an individual under the age of 18. Midland Farms, 429 Wood Street and Pick N Pay, 300 Hope Street were found to be non-compliant. Both businesses were issued District Court summonses for Sale of Tobacco to Minors.
The Bristol Police Department is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the youth in our community. The Center for Disease Control - CDC, recently reported that as of September 11, 2019, 380 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported by several states across the Country. The Rhode Department of Health has reported that in 2017 one in five teens reporting using e-cigarettes and vaping products; www.health.ri.gov/healthrisks/tobacco/about/teentargeting/
Parents can learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping by visiting https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/