Police say two Bristol businesses sold vape products to minors

Posted 9/17/19

Bristol police officers busted two retail businesses for selling vaping products to minors during an undercover operation over the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, the police …

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Police say two Bristol businesses sold vape products to minors

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Bristol police officers busted two retail businesses for selling vaping products to minors during an undercover operation over the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, the police conducted an operation led by Sgt. Paul Medeiros to check compliance of retailers against state regulations prohibiting the sale of tobacco and vape products to juveniles.

Interim Chief of Police Brian Burke announced that two retailers sold vape products to someone under the age of 18. Midland Farms at 429 Wood St. (corner of Wood and Bradford streets) and Pick ’n Pay at 300 Hope St. were found to be non-compliant. Both businesses were issued District Court summonses for Sale of Tobacco to Minors.

In a written release, Chief Burke stated: “The Bristol Police Department is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the youth in our community. The Center for Disease Control - CDC, recently reported that as of Sept. 11, 2019, 380 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported by several states across the country. The Rhode Department of Health has reported that in 2017 one in five teens reporting using e-cigarettes and vaping products. Parents can learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping by visiting tobaccofreekids.org.

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