Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Unit teamed up on November 17th for an enforcement sweep targeting the sale of tobacco, nicotine products, and nicotine dispensing devices to minors. The operation included compliance checks on 18 commercial establishments licensed to sell tobacco products throughout Charlotte County.
One establishment was found in non-compliance for selling to a minor:
Dollar General, 4265 Tamiami Trail (Clerk issued an APAD referral).
Commercial establishments checked that DID NOT sell tobacco or other nicotine products to a minor:
7-11: 3362 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
EZ Liquor and Cigarettes: 3651 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Rays Gulf: 3666 N. Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Publix: 4265 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Marathon Gas: 22700 Bayshore Road, Punta Gorda
Shell: 4396 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda
Walgreens: 22449 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte
CVS: 4478 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Circle K: 23292 Harborview Road
RaceTrac: 4968 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Marathon Gas: 4276 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Rainbow Foodmart: 2350 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte
R & L Market: 21360 Gertrude Ave., Port Charlotte
Shell: 3196 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Marathon: 3013 S. Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Walgreens: 3001 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Winn Dixie: 3280 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
The goal of this enforcement is to curb the illegal sale tobacco and nicotine products to minors, and encourage proper checks of identification. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work constructively with retail establishments where violations occur to ensure that employees are educated regarding Florida law. Sheriff Bill Prummell urges all individuals to report the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to law enforcement.
Report violations to the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101 or submit a tip through our mobile app.