Illinois City Closes Four Stores for Selling E-Cigarettes to Minors: Crackdown on Underage Sales

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Four e-cigarette shops in Joliet, Illinois, have been shut down for violating laws on selling to minors. According to a report from foreign media outlet Patch, Terry Darcy, the Mayor of Joliet City in northeastern Illinois, announced on November 21st that the city has closed four stores that violated laws regarding the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. This marks the third action taken since September, when Joliet City received complaints regarding the sale of e-cigarette materials to underage individuals.

According to reports, four companies were found to have violated regulations during the operation on November 15th. These companies have been issued an emergency shutdown order for a period of seven days.

Darcy expressed, “As I mentioned earlier, we aim to strictly enforce laws against illegal activities and have zero tolerance for violators.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and other e-cigarette products are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale e-cigarette liquids. As of July 1, 2019, Illinois law prohibits the sale of tobacco products, including these products, to individuals under the age of 21.

The names of these four stores include:

– 420 Smokes and Vapes is located at 1532 Rt. 59
– 420 Smokes and Vapes can also be found at 1551 Plainfield Road
– MiVape is situated at 1112 W. Jefferson St.
– Tobacco Empire is located at 1105 Essington Rd.
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