Cherokee County, Georgia, Officers Cracking Down on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report published by patch.com, law enforcement officers in Cherokee County, Georgia, are cracking down on e-cigarette sales to minors. The enforcement ramp-up comes as many school districts in the state of Georgia are heading back to school and vaping remains a problem on campuses.*
Students in Cherokee County, Georgia, started classes on August 1, which means that teachers and school officials will again be working to control vaping on school grounds. As an increasing number of teens are vaping in the U.S., Cherokee County Schools prohibits possession of vape pens or vaping products on all campuses, and students caught with them will be subject to the same consequences as those for possessing a felony amount of marijuana. Penalties can include suspension and expulsion.
Law enforcement officers are working to stop the problems before they happen and have teamed up with the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office to halt vape pen sales to underage kids. Police with Cherokee County Schools participated in the crackdown, which involved testing stores in the county to see if sales to minors were being allowed.
At the end of July, several teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 were taken to more than 85 stores in the county and attempted to buy vape products. Under Georgia law, people under the age of 18 cannot buy vape products, and stores cannot sell vape products to underage customers. A surprising percentage of the stores sold vaping products to the teenagers during the operation.
Patch reports that 16 of the stores made the unlawful sales, which represented 18 percent of the stores tested during the operation. Law enforcement officers identified the people involved in the sales and said that they had a week to turn themselves in for booking at the Cherokee Detention Center.
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