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Tobacco sting operation successful

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From Enterprise Staff

A partnership between the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and The Coalition Inc., of Lufkin, a substance abuse prevention organization å to prevent underage drinking, tobacco/e-cigarette use and prescription drug misuse in East Texas, has recently proven successful.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department targeted area businesses that sell tobacco. The age limit to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is now 21, per the new guidelines from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Out of the 69 attempts done in June and August, 9 citations were issued to the following businesses that sold tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors:

• Veterans Mart at 1809 N. Washington Ave. in Livingston;

• HEB Food Store #339 at 1509 W. Church St. in Livingston; 

• 7 Eleven Convenience Store #41 at 1605 W. Church St. in Livingston;

• Dollar General Store #6241 at 1249 W. Church St. in Livingston;

• La Petite Market at 14506 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Onalaska;

• Old House Liquor at 14140 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Onalaska;

• Star Korner 2 at 602 Pan American Dr. in Livingston; and

• Livingston Food Mart at 1600 W. Church St. in Livingston.

“We commend those businesses who did not sell tobacco products to minors in our community. The Coalition and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department thank all of these stores for protecting the youth of Polk County from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine,” a spokesperson for The Coalition Inc. said.

For a complete list of those businesses that were under compliance, please visit The Coalition’s Facebook page @thecoalition936 or contact The Coalition at 936-634-9308 for more information

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