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    Default AZ Attorney General conducting e-cig stings using undercover youth purchasers, 20 fines issued to violators

    AZ Attorney General stings e-cig retailers using undercover youth purchasers, 20 cited for violations
    Officials, advocates hope state ban on e-cigarettes curbs rising use among kids

    All e-cig retailers (including those selling on Internet) should ensure that they ID all young looking customers, and refuse sales to all minors, and anyone who doesn't have ID.

    Although very few youth may actually attempt to buy e-cigs, State AGs and/or health departments in the 25 states where its illegal to sell e-cigs to minors are now very likely to conduct sting operations on e-cig retailers (using undercover youth purchasers) just trying to catch them selling to youth (so they can issue fines to retailers, and issue a press release to the news media claiming lots of e-cig retailers are illegally selling to minors).


    While State AGs and/or other law enforcement agencies can only enforce laws in jurisdictions that have already enacted them (i.e. 25 states and a dozen or so municipalities), I also suspect that some state and/or local health departments and/or their funded anti tobacco groups may begin conducting very similar compliance checks on e-cig retailers in the other 25 states that haven't yet banned e-cig sales to minors.

    While a sting operation is a law enforcement action, compliance checks don't result in any fines against retailers, but they still result in press releases to the news media listing the names of stores that were caught selling to minors.

    Back in the early 1990's, I helped expose the epidemic (>65% sales rate) of illegal cigarette sales to minors by conducting and publicizing compliance checks against cigarette retailers, and by campaigning to enact laws and regulations requiring cigarette sting operations by law enforcement agencies, which has sharply reduced the rate of illegal cigarette sales to youth to about 5%.

    While I don't think there is any justification for conducting compliance checks or stings on e-cig vendors (as <1% of teen nonsmokers report past month e-cig use), e-cig opponents will be increasingly conducting compliance checks and sting operations against e-cig vendors just to demonize and harass them.

    If/when FDA regulations are imposed on e-cigs, the FDA will routinely conduct sting operations (using undercover youth) on virtually every e-cig retailer in America (and those abroad if selling on the Internet).
    First offense for violators will be a $250-$500 fine, with increasing fines for subsequent offenses.

    FDA regs also almost certainly will require all e-cigs to be stored behind the counter of all retail stores (except for tobacco specialty stores that have signs on the door saying NO ONE UNDER 18 PERMITTED, which is the best option for all vape shops), and any violations of that (or hundreds of other FDA regs) will also result in $250-$500 fines for first offense.
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    Christmas shopping for loved ones. They certainly timed this to fit their agenda didn't they. That's really deeky.
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    Where sales to minors are prohibited by law, I can't object on legal principle to sting operations (I don't like them mostly, but can't find any objection to them except they're open to abuse). If the ANTZs conduct "investigative" stings where sales are *not* prohibited by law, that's just sleazy. Which is typical, now that I think about it...
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    What the AZ AG should be focusing on right now is why CPS neglected to investigate more than 6000 Cases. 'Grave' Alarm: Arizona Neglects Child Abuse Cases | EQUAL VOICE ...



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    Apparently, as long as the children are not being abused by secondhand smoke, the AG isn't interested. It's all about priorities, dontcha know...
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    Once again, it's a dear Dr. who is leading the charge with misinformation -

    Dr. Sara Bode, a member of Arizona’s chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the law that took effect in September sends an important message that e-cigarettes still deliver nicotine that impairs memory and can lead to cigarette smoking and other addictions.

    “Sometimes even just passing the legislation, regardless of what may come of it, is enough to draw attention to the issue, and that’s part of what we need,” Bode said.
    Nicotine leads to memory impairment? a gateway to cigarette smoking AND other addictions? even passing legislation, regardless of what may come of it is what we need??

    She finishes with:
    “E-cigarettes shouldn’t be marketed the way they are,” Bode said. “They shouldn’t be marketed as a safe alternative to smoking.”
    Uhm, I don't think they're being marketed this way as manufacturers can't make that claim without running into govt regs. As users we say its a safer alternative...
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    Judging by the number of pediatricians I've read about spouting this same uninformed hogwash, it looks to me like Big Control has recruited specifically from this specialty as part of their "save the children" campaign. Even though she doesn't mention children in her statements (at least as you quote her, WhiteHighlights), her specialty is clearly identified so the connection is implied.

    I hope she knows more about treating children than she does about smoking and nicotine! Memory impairment? Au contraire! Leads to smoking and other addictions? Show me the carfax! (She has accomplished one thing, though. She has demonstrated to however many thousands of vapers who read her pronouncements that she's ignorant, and arrogant in her ignorance. Not sterling qualities in a physician...
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    I'd be curious to see the demographics of the plants being used. I'd bet none are of an age that a pediatrician would normally have as a patient. I know pediatricians like to believe they should keep the "child" as a patient until they're 21. That being said, many parents then choose to switch to a family doctor by the time they turn teenager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rothenbj View Post
    I'd be curious to see the demographics of the plants being used. I'd bet none are of an age that a pediatrician would normally have as a patient....
    If I were planning such a sting, I'd find "youth" aged 17 years 10-11 months who look and can act much older, around at least 25 if possible.
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    Another question would be what type of store this happened in. Most of the time they hit the convenience stores for their stings, I would be suprised to see any B&M vapor store do this.
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