Illegal e-cig sales lead Joliet to shut down 5 businesses

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Five Joliet businesses were shut down on Friday after City officials said they were illegally selling vaping devices to underage individuals.

Joliet Mayor Terry D’Arcy, who also serves as the liquor and tobacco commissioner, said the Joliet Police Department set up a sting operation after the City received complaints about the underage selling of electronic cigarettes.

“The operation found five establishments violating the ordinance, and these businesses have been issued an emergency suspension order for seven days,” D’Arcy said. “We want strict enforcement of the law with zero tolerance for violators.”

Illinois law forbids the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 21.

The five establishments include: Cuddy Tobacco and Vape; Smoke Shop Superstore; Tobacco and Cigars; Up in Smoke; and Cuddy World Tobacco.

The business owners may request a hearing on the suspension of their licenses.

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