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DeKalb police say BP gas station on Lincoln Highway sold tobacco to minor

DeKALB – DeKalb police say a gas station on Lincoln Highway sold tobacco to a minor, according to a news release.

The city of DeKalb announced the results of their tobacco compliance check conducted Friday and said of the 29 tobacco retailers inspected in the city, one gas station – a BP station at 920 W. Lincoln Highway – sold tobacco to a minor. The gas station was handed an ordinance violation for the sale of tobacco to a minor.

The compliance checks were performed by DeKalb police to determine if local tobacco retailers were following the minimum-age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to those under the age of 21.

As of July 1, 2019, people in Ilinois must be at least 21-years-old to buy tobacco, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes.

The check on Jan. 10 was the first of three expected compliance checks in the city.

Checks are aided by a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's "Kids Can't Buy Em Here" Tobacco Code Enforcement program, the release states. Inspectors also provided each tobacco retailer with an information kit.

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