#Westport, CT– On Wednesday January 18, 2023, the Westport Police Department working with the
State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Tobacco
Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP) conducted unannounced compliance inspections of
establishments that sell tobacco products and/or electronic cigarettes. The inspections were
performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale
of e-cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of 21.

Retailers are required by state law to inspect the photo ID of anyone who appears under the age of
30 before selling a tobacco product or electronic cigarette. Free online training is available to
anyone who would like to learn more at: www.cttobaccotraining.com .

A total of 5 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this total, 0 (zero),
establishments were found non-compliant with Connecticut General Statutes 53-344 (Sale of
tobacco to a person under 21) or Section 53-344b (Sale of an e-cigarette to a person under 21).
Learn more at https://www.ct.gov/dmhas/tpep
Tobacco retailers are licensed by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS). Non-
compliant inspection results are referred to DRS for possible administrative action.
The following retailers were found to be compliant:

  1. Shell/A1 Smoke Shop – 322 Post Road East
  2. Cumberland Farms – 690 Post Road East
  3. Westport Cigar & Vape – 1248 Post Road East
  4. Merritt Country Store – 337 Main Street
  5. WP Convenience – 1761 Post Road East

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By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

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