An annual check on stores selling tobacco products in Angelina County will now have an emphasis on electronic cigarettes.
At Tuesday’s commissioner court meeting, Angelina County Sheriff Captain Alton Lenderman updated the court on the efforts of the department.
“This would be our fourth year in the program,” Lenderman said. “New this year will be us going after people who break the law with e-cigs. It is becoming a big deal with the younger people. What we do is we go to stores with an undercover deputy and a minor who tries to by a tobacco product.”
Lenderman said stores that sell to minors will be given a citation for their first violation. The program is ran between the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and Texas State University. Lenderman said there are changes to the grant this year that is making it harder to check all the stores in the county.
“We have an estimated 100 stores that we look at,” Lenderman said. “Now we will only be able to look at about 79 stores. We are looking at all the stores and spreading out our effort around the county.”
Lenderman said the department has seen an upswing in e-cig sales.
“The do not have the bad smell with them,” Lenderman said. “They are flavored and have a fruity smell, but the law states they are under the tobacco law so we have to enforce it that way.”