FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. U.S. health officials are cracking down on the brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never had permission to launch in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday, July 20 telling the maker of Puff Bar e-cigarettes to remove its products from the market, including flavors like Mango, Pink Lemonade and Strawberry. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel, File)
CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Celina Police Department said seven businesses sold vaping products to minors during a compliance check operation.
On December 10, 2020, the Celina Police Department conducted compliance checks on local businesses selling nicotine vaping products. The check was performed after receiving complaints from citizens of local businesses selling the products to underage people.
Ohio law does not allow the sale of nicotine products including tobacco and other products commonly referred to as Vapes to anyone under the age of 21.
Police said the investigation involved the Celina P.D. using an adult employee under 21 years old. The employee went into various businesses around the city and attempted to purchase vaping products. The Department said it was disappointed that seven businesses checked did sell the products illegally. Those businesses include:
- Marathon Gas on N. Main St,
- Celina Sunoco on E Market St.
- Docksiders Marathon on S. Main St.
- Dockside Marathon on E. Market St.
- Lester’s Tobacco Shack on E. Market St.
- Grand Lake Vapor on S Main St.
- Epic Vapes on Havemann Rd.
Charges have been filed against all seven clerks who sold the products, according to police. They were served a summons in lieu of arrest for the violations which are misdemeanors of the fourth degree. A repeat violation is a misdemeanor of the third degree and would likely result in arrest.
The Celina Police Department said, “These tobacco laws are in place for the health and welfare of our youth and are taken seriously by the Celina Police Department. We will continue do compliance checks. They will be done with more frequency and repeat violators will likely face arrest and incarceration.”
Police said they were happy to report that both Eastown Party Mart, which is the Shell on Grand Lake Rd and Celina Party Mart, which is the Shell on S. Main St., both properly declined to sell to the underage informant.