Two of 17 Salem retailers checked cited for selling tobacco to minors

SALEM — According to the Salem Police Department, two individuals were cited during recent tobacco compliance checks and were given notices to appear in court for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors.

While working as a clerk at Farm Fresh on East Main Street, Cynthia Spencer, of Salem, was cited for allegedly selling tobacco to a minor, and Johnathan Denton, also of Salem, was cited while working as a clerk at Casey’s General Store on South Broadway Avenue.

Clerks at 15 other Salem retailers, however, did not sell tobacco to minors.

The compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with state and local minimum-age tobacco laws, which prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors.

The compliance checks are made possible with the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program.