October 7, 2002
41 tobacco licensees refuse to sell cigarettes to minors
Liquor Control Board enforcement agents conducted 41 tobacco compliance checks on Sunday, Sept. 22, in King County.
During the compliance checks a 15 or 16 year-old will enter either a restaurant or a grocery store in an attempt to buy cigarettes.
Of the 41 compliance checks, only one business sold cigarettes to a minor: Arco Facility, Lake Forest Park.
The Liquor Control Board commends the following businesses for passing Thursday's compliance checks:
Kenmore: Kenmore BP, Nite and Day Deli, Kenmore Texaco, Circle K, Uplake Grocery and Deli,
Lake Forest Park: Rite Aid, Albertson's, Lake Forest Park Texaco, Sheridan Market, Lake Forest Park Market.
Carnation: PK's Variety Store, QFC, Stillwater Grocery.
Duvall: Duvall Family Grocery, Duvall Market, La Tienda Mexicana De Catalina, Safeway, Town Center Mini Mart & Deli.
Woodinville: Albertson's AM PM Mini Mart, Arco AM PM, BP, QFC, Rite Aid, Safeway, Texaco Star Mart, Woodinville Texaco, Woodinville Union 76, Woodinville Chevron, Zip Market,7-Eleven.
Clerks who sell tobacco to a minor receive a $50 fine for a first time offense. Licensees also receive a penalty.
Members of the public who have concerns or complaints regarding tobacco sales to minors can contact the Liquor Control Board's toll free tip line at 1-888-838-3956.