HOLLISTER, Calif. (KION-TV) – San Benito County Public Health Services said five minors between the ages of 17 and 18 were able to purchase tobacco products at multiple Hollister stores during a decoy operation to young people on June 6th.
Of the 27 stores tested, eight stores sold tobacco products to minors without checking their IDs, San Benito Public Health said.
The following stores allegedly sold the products to minors:
- Hollister Super #1 located at 1280 Fourth Street in Hollister
- Hollister Super #2 located at 211 Third Street in Hollister
- Gas & Food Ranch located at 105 San Felipe Road in Hollister
- Shell Gas & Mini Mart located at 490 Tres Pinos Road in Hollister
- Smokers Paradise located at 341 Tres Pinos Road, Suite 103B in Hollister
- DK Chevron located at 631 San Felipe Road in Hollister
- Greenrush located at 728 San Benito Street in Hollister
- Lupita’s Super Mercado-located at 889 Fourth Street in Hollister
“Thirty percent of Hollister stores were selling to young people. To reduce this percentage, comprehensive regulations such as 308(a)(1) PC that reduce the affordability and accessibility of tobacco products must be enforced,” said Nic Calvin, Deputy Director of County Public Health Services. of San Benito.
Citations were issued to each of the eight stores for violating the city ordinance prohibiting the supply of tobacco products to minors. This includes a fine of $250 for first offenses, $500 for second offenses and $1,000 for third offenses.
In the months leading up to the decoy operation, Hollister Code Enforcement (HCE) personnel visited tobacco retailers to ensure owners and/or management had a retail license to sell products. tobacco and remind them in writing of PC 308(a)(1), which makes it illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. Retailers were also advised that a potential spoofing operation would be used to verify retailers’ compliance with these regulations. During Operation Lure, youth were asked to purchase a tobacco product from the retailer. A violation of the city ordinance was confirmed if the cashier telephoned the purchase, failed to verify identity, and provided the tobacco product to the decoy.
San Benito Public Health