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July 10, 2012 > Tobacco sales to minors

Tobacco sales to minors

Submitted By Det. William Veteran, Fremont PD

In an effort to alleviate the devastating effects of smoking and comply with the law, the Fremont Police Department implemented a comprehensive program enforcing tobacco control laws in the city with help from an enforcement grant from the Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section.

On April 28, 2012 and June 8, 2012, officers from the Fremont Police Department conducted additional Youth Decoy Operations. A total of 93 purchase attempts were made on these dates. There were seven incidents in which merchants illegally sold cigarettes to minors, ages 15 to 17. The officers witnessing these transactions issued citations in all seven cases. The overall sales rate of selling tobacco products to a minor was 7.5%. The sale of tobacco products to a minor under 18 is a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty up to a $1000 fine, depending on prior offenses.

Officers of the Fremont Police Department will continue to conduct these activities. For more information or to report a violation, please contact Sergeant Mark Dang at (510) 790-6761, or email at

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