Warning issued to Bronx storeowners that sell cigarettes to minors

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs issued a warning Tuesday to storeowners who sell cigarettes to minors. The commissioner cautioned storeowners that they are actively seeking violators and repeat offenders would lose their licenses to sell cigarettes. The Department of Consumer Affairs is sending undercover children into New York City stores to ask for cigarettes. If the store sells the minor cigarettes without checking their I.D., the store will be issued a violation by inspectors. The first violation from the city costs $1,000 and the second $2,000. After two fines, the department terminates the store's license to sell cigarettes. The store may reapply after one year, and the department reserves the right to reject the new application. Over the last year, 20 Bronx storeowners have lost their licenses.

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