Montebello officials don’t want their underage residents puffing on cigarettes they’re not old enough to buy.
So they’re thinking about adopting a tobacco ordinance that would enforce stricter rules on businesses that sell tobacco, Amanda Baumfeld reports.
Currently, if a Montebello business sells tobacco to a minor the clerk who sold it is cited and could get a fine of about $200, Gordon said.
Under the proposed ordinance the business owner would be responsible.
After the first offense a business would be banned from selling tobacco products for 30 days. The second offense would result in a 90-day license suspension. And if a third offense occurs in a 60-month period the seller’s license would be suspended indefinitely, Gordon said.