ABC CRACKING DOWN ON UNDERAGE SMOKERS
The Daily Mountain Eagle
Feb 24, 2001
Underage tobacco users beware. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) is increasing the
enforcement of the penalty on people under the age of 19 who are caught using tobacco products.
"Minors in possession of tobacco, if we catch you in Walker County, we are going to write you
a citation on the spot," ABC agent Jim Wehby said. He said there would be a $50 fine in addition
to court costs for a total of around $350.
According to Lance Price of the ABC, the law has been on the books for a couple of years, but until
now, it hasn't been strictly enforced. He also said the tickets issued will go through district
court, not juvenile court.
Underage tobacco users aren't the only ones with a warning to heed.
"Everybody that sells cigarettes needs a tobacco permit from the state," Wehby said. "If they don't
have a tobacco permit, and a clerk sells a pack of cigarettes, the clerk can be arrested for selling
tobacco without a permit."