New Canaan Establishment Sells Tobacco to Youth in Unannounced Inspection

Only one out of nine establishments inspected sold tobacco to a decoy youth.

(Editor's Note: The store clerk, and not the owner as originally stated, was issued the infraction for selling tobacco to a minor.)

Eight out of nine New Canaan establishments refused to sell tobacco products to a decoy youth during unannounced compliance inspections this week, according to New Canaan police.

Only , 94 Park St., sold tobacco products to the youth, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said in a press release. The store clerk was issued an infraction summons for the sale of tobacco to a minor. The State Department of Mental Health and Addiction will conduct a follow up with the store owner, police said.

The eight establishments that were in compliance and did not sell tobacco to the youth are:

  • , 288 Elm Street
  • , 282 Elm Street
  • , 36 Pine Street
  • , 16 South Avenue
  • , 227 Elm Street
  • , 36 South Avenue
  • , 22 Cross Street
  • , 7 South Avenue

The inspections were conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 28, by members of the along with the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP) conducted the surprise inspections. The underage decoy youth was hired by the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program for the inspections.


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