Tobacco and Vapor sales law compliance checks were conducted from November 2-6, 2015, at the 59 businesses in Iowa City. Working with plainclothes officers, underage persons entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase tobacco products. 52 businesses refused to sell to the underage buyers. There were seven businesses that did sell tobacco products to the underage buyers.
On June 1, 2016, the seven businesses that had previously failed the tobacco compliance checks were rechecked in accordance with the Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD). Out of those businesses, four of them again failed the compliance checks. Those businesses were:
- John’s Grocery – 401 E Market St.
- Deli Mart – 1920 Lower Muscatine Rd.
- Deli Mart – 525 Hwy 1 West
- Creekside Market – 2601 Hwy 6 E
In addition to the rechecks, some other businesses were checked and one failed. The business that failed was:
- Black and Gold Vapors – 440 Kirkwood Blvd.
Selling (employee) tobacco or vapor products to persons under age 18 years of age is a simple misdemeanor, punishable with a $195 fine for the first offense, $397.50 for a second offense, and $735.00 for a third or subsequent offense. Additionally, the violations may result in civil penalties against the tobacco licenses.