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The Oak Forest Police Department conducted the third and final round of the 2016-2017 Kids Can’t Buy Them Here tobacco compliance surveys at various retailers on May 17. The purpose of the program is to determine which businesses may be selling tobacco products to minors - persons under the age of 18 - within the City of Oak Forest.A total of 21 locations were surveyed. The Circle K at 5600 W. 159th Street and the 7-11 at 14717 S. Central Avenue sold tobacco products to a minor. Identification was provided from the youth agents when requested at each of the businesses surveyed.The following businesses are to be commended for taking a proactive approach in identifying minors under the age of 18 by not selling tobacco products to them.
Tobacco compliance surveys are funded through a grant from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Each retailer who is found in violation can be fined from $200 up to $500. The public is reminded that the charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.