ATC conducting summer crackdown on unlawful sales of alcohol, tobacco to minors
POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:15pm
Baton Rouge, La — Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Commissioner Troy Hebert announced that his Agency will conduct an increased number of random compliance checks at alcoholic beverage and tobacco retail outlets statewide during the summer months.
“ATC conducts compliance checks throughout the year, but we are increasing our efforts this summer to ensure that businesses and individuals permitted by our office are not using those permits to provide minors access to alcohol and tobacco products,” said Hebert.
The Commissioner ordered that additional compliance checks be conducted over the summer months in furtherance of ATC’s mission to prevent access to underage individuals.
“Studies show that teens are much more likely to try alcohol and tobacco for the first time during summer months; as Commissioner, I want to ensure that ATC is doing our part to prevent that,” added Hebert.
Clerks and servers caught selling alcohol or tobacco products to minors face various criminal and administrative charges. Businesses where unlawful sales occur face fines and/or penalties up to suspension or revocation of their alcohol and tobacco permits.