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As a Cigarette Vendor, Can I Ever Legally Sell Cigarettes to Minors?

Under any circumstances, it is never legal to sell cigarettes to a minor. Claiming that "I thought he/she was over 18" is never a defense. Always ask for I.D. from anyone that even has a slight possibility of being under 18. As the vendor, you have the right not to sell and you should do so if no adequate identification can be shown.

What are the Penalties for Selling Cigarettes to Minors?
Selling cigarettes to minors is a misdemeanor. Penalties include:

Can I Be Charged if a Minor Asks Me to Buy Cigarettes for Them?
Even if you are not a cigarette vendor, you cannot buy cigarettes for minors. For example, suppose a teenager approaches you in front of a convenience store and asks you to buy them cigarettes. If you do, you can be fined or even charged with a crime (contributing to the delinquency of a minor).

Should I Get a Lawyer if I am Accused of Selling Cigarettes to a Minor?
Selling cigarettes to a minor is a small offense. You should consult an attorney, however, if your tobacco license is going to be revoked or you think you were charged unfairly. For example, many vendors get caught by police "sting" operations. In such cases, the defense of entrapment is always available. Talk to an attorney to learn more about your rights, defenses, and the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 06-25-2009 03:45 PM PDT

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