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Almost 100 retailers selling tobacco illegally to underage people in Kern County

Posted at 12:30 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 15:44:14-05

Kern County Public Health Services announced a report on the illegal sales of tobacco products to underage residents Wednesday.

In the last six months, underage decoys have purchased approximately 100 tobacco products from local retailers.

County public health oversees the Tobacco Retailer’s Permit program in an attempt to lower the rate of tobacco products sold to children.

The program sends underage decoys into facilities to attempt to buy tobacco products and if a purchase is made, action is taken to suspect the tobacco permit.

Almost 100 retailers failed the test. The number of violations has doubled since last year, and it happened most in Northeast Bakersfield.

Kern County ranks 62% higher than the state average in illegal sales of tobacco products to underage individuals.

The full list of retailers is above.