Authorities arrest Calabasas company for tobacco sales to minors

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CALABASAS, CA – Authorities have suspended a Calabasas business from selling tobacco after it was caught illegally selling to a person under the age of 21, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lost Hills Station.

A Calabasas cashier who knowingly sold tobacco to someone under the age of 21 was cited and released in a recent undercover operation, the department said. The store was suspended from selling tobacco products for six months. It was the store’s first offense, according to the department.

The department conducted 13 sting operations around the city to check whether stores were selling tobacco to under-21s. Another 12 stores proved they checked IDs and were restrictive, according to the department.

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The city of Calabasas received a $159,207 grant from the California Department of Justice in December to help reduce illegal tobacco sales to people under 21. The grant was to help bring the city’s normal three annual sting operations to six.

23.6% of high school students and 6.7% of college students used a tobacco product in 2020, according to the Center for Disease Control.

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