Chapter 11 HEALTH AND SANITATION*
Section 11-311 Sales of tobacco products to minors.
Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the meanings
Tobacco products shall mean any substance containing tobacco leaf, including, but not
limited to, cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco. "Smokeless tobacco" means
any tobacco products that are suitable for dipping or chewing, such as snuff, chewing tobacco or
Tobacco product paraphernalia shall include, but not be limited to, cigarette wrapping
papers and pipes made for smoking tobacco products.
Minor shall mean any person under the age of eighteen (18) years.
Vending machine shall mean any mechanical, electric or electronic, self-service device
which, upon insertion of money, tokens or any other form of payment, dispenses tobacco
Prohibitions. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell tobacco products or tobacco
product paraphernalia to a minor.
Warning signs. Warning signs concerning sales of tobacco products to minors shall be
plainly visible at every display from which tobacco products are sold. Such signs shall:
(1) Contain in red lettering at least
one-half inch high on a white background "IT IS A
VIOLATION OF THE LAW FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS OR TOBACCO PRODUCT
PARAPHERNALIA TO BE SOLD TO ANY PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 18, " and
(2) Include a depiction of a pack
of cigarettes at least two (2) inches high defaced by a red
diagonal diameter of a surrounding red circle.
Vending machines; exceptions: Effective January 1, 1992, it shall be unlawful to sell
tobacco products through vending machines except:
(1) In factories, businesses, offices
or other places not open to the general public, and
(2) In places to which persons under
the age of eighteen (18) are not permitted access.
Signs on vending machines. It shall be unlawful to offer tobacco products for sale through a
vending machine unless the vending machine contains thereon the warning signs referred to in
paragraph (c) and the owner of the vending machine or person leasing the machine does not
knowingly permit the sale of tobacco products to minors.
Violations. Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this section shall be
deemed guilty of an infraction. The penalty for violation of the provisions of this section shall be:
(1) A fine of one hundred dollars
($100.00) for the first violation within a two-year period.
(2) A fine of two hundred fifty dollars
($250.00) for the second violation within a two-year
(3) A fine of five hundred dollars
($500.00) for the third violation within a two-year period.
(4) A fine of one thousand dollars
($1,000.00) for any additional violation within a two-year
(Ord. No. 12763, § 1, 10-22-90)