Gurnee Tobacco Sales Compliance Checks

For Release: 
May 6, 2014

Gurnee, IL  - In an effort to reduce tobacco use by teens, the Gurnee Police Department participates in the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here Program.  This is a statewide program that targets retailers that violate the law by selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.

The Gurnee Police Department recently conducted tobacco ordinance compliance checks on April 28th.  To conduct the compliance check, the police department enlisted the assistance of a 16 year old sophomore student from Warren Township High School.  The transactions are monitored by plain clothed officers. 

The underage student went to 26 establishments within the village and attempted to purchase tobacco products.  One violation occurred at Speedway on Grand Avenue, and the clerk, Vanessa Palenica, was issued a local ordinance citation for the unlawful sale of tobacco to a minor. 

The Gurnee Police Department will continue to conduct periodic compliance checks throughout Gurnee to make sure tobacco products are not readily available to minors.

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Contact: 

Cmdr. Saundra Campbell
Ph:  847.599.7066
Fax: 847.244.8678
Email: saundrac@police.gurnee.il.us