Crackdown planned on alcohol and tobacco sales

Baton Rouge, La.  - Retailers who sell alcohol and tobacco are being warned of a crackdown underway on sales of tobacco and alcohol to minors.  The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) is planning an increased number of random compliance checks at various 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 Commissioner Troy Hebert.

The ATC ordered the additional compliance checks as part of its 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.