IC Council to hold hearings for several local tobacco vendors

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 13, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa City City Council will conduct hearings for several local tobacco vendors for selling or providing tobacco to a minor.

Councilors will assess a 30-day retail cigarette permit suspension or $1,500 civil penalty against the Den, 123 E. Washington St., for selling or providing tobacco to a minor for the second time in a two-year period.

Councilors will also assess $300 civil penalties each against Fareway, 2530 Westwinds Drive; Liquor Downtown, 315 S. Gilbert St.; Red Poppy, 341 E. College St.; Russ' North Side Service, 305 N. Gilbert St.; and Zombies Tobacco, 318 E. Burlington St.

The Daily Iowan reported in January seven businesses failed tobacco-compliance checks conducted Jan. 18, 19, and 21.

Walgreens, 2214 Muscatine Ave., also failed the January compliance checks.

Selling tobacco products to a person under the age of 18 is a simple misdemeanor; the first offense is punishable by a $100 fine.

The council will hold hearings for the businesses listed at its next meeting, April 17.

— by Kristen East

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