Rush City Updates Tobacco Ordinance

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 5:54 am

Rush City is sending a message to local businesses, if you sell cigarettes to minors, you will pay.  The city council agreed Monday to update its tobacco ordinance which will penalize not only businesses but individual employees who allow youths to buy tobacco products.

Under the new revised ordinance, those, both the employer and employee, who fail to comply can face up to $1,000 fine and a possible revocation of their tobacco license.

The council decided that a first violation can result in a maximum $250 civil fine against the licensee and a $50 fine to the employee.  The fines against the licensee increase to $500, $750, and $1,000 for second, third and fourth violations.

The city council says there were at least two businesses who failed to comply during the last check, but have taken steps to ensure the mistakes do not continue.

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