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Retailers honored for tobacco compliance
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CLEARFIELD — The Davis County Health Department recently recognized 90 retailers throughout the county for not selling tobacco products to minors.

Stores were awarded certificates for having been in compliance for 10 to 25 years.

Top recognition went to Sinclair Main Street Service in Layton for having been in compliance for 25 years and Saigon Market in Sunset for 20 years of being in compliance.

A 15-year award went to 7-Eleven (Main) in Kaysville, and a 10-year award went to Rite Aid in Bountiful.

Five year compliance awards went to Smith’s Marketplace and Tesoro (Main) in Bountiful;  Top Stop in Centerville; Maverik (700 South), Maverik (709 State), Maverik (300 North), Winegar’s and Super Stop Texaco in Clearfield; Smith’s Fuel Center in Farmington; RB’s and Walgreens in Kaysville; Anwar’s, Maverik (Gordon), Rite Aid, 7-Eleven (Main) Smith’s Fuel Center and Walmart Neighborhood Market in Layton; Top Stop and Winegar’s in North Salt Lake; Walgreens, Smith’s Food and Drug, and Maverik in Syracuse; Chevron and Super Stop Texaco in West Bountiful and 7-Eleven in Woods Cross.

Fifty-eight stores countywide that were checked for tobacco compliance from July 2012 through June 2013 received one year awards.

During that year, 431 attempts were made by underage buyers supervised by local law enforcement to purchase tobacco products,  Davis County Health Department director Lewis Garrett said in a press release.

“Of those 431 attempts, 14 resulted in an illegal sale of tobacco to a minor for a county buy rate of 3.2 percent,” he said.

The buy rate is on a downward trend, something Garrett is pleased with.

“We’re down significantly from our high of 14 percent we saw for the July 2006 -June 2007 timeframe,” Garrett said. “We conduct a very robust program aimed at educating tobacco retailers how to train their clerks to identify underage buyers and it’s still showing good results.”

Sale of tobacco products to those under 19 is a class C misdemeanor on the first offense. Clerks are issued citations at the time of the violation.

Store owners are also subject to civil penalties for sale to tobacco to an underage buyer.

Stores receive fines for the first two violations and a 30-day tobacco license suspension on the third violation. Upon the fourth violation with a 12-month period, the store’s license to sell tobacco will be revoked. A store’s fine may be reduced if they have a documented training program and proof their employee was trained.

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