Official admits enforcement limitations as tobacco and vape-buying … – KATU

by Joe Douglass, KATU News

The manager of Valley Vapors on Broadway Street Northeast in Salem puffs away outside the store.

SALEM, Ore. — 

Starting Monday in Oregon, store owners caught selling tobacco or vaping products to anyone under 21 will face a $500 fine.

The fine will be $250 for store managers and $50 for employees. For managers and owners, the fines will double by the third offense.

It’s all part of a new law that raises the legal age for buying tobacco and vaping items from 18 to 21.

On Thursday, one leading state official admitted enforcement efforts are limited.

Mike Honan, who co-owns Valley Vapors in Salem, told KATU they’re ready for the big change on Monday.

“We’ll uphold it and we have been, you know, since it’s been 18,” Honan said. “And we’ll do that when they’re 21.”

Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, signed the law into effect in August requiring anyone buying tobacco or vape products to be 21.

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