CENTERVILLE -- Selling tobacco to minors on six different occasions resulted in a Centerville smoke shop having its tobacco license revoked Friday for one year by the State Tax Commission.
City Smoke Shop, 356 N. Marketplace Drive, had its tobacco license revoked by the commission after the store received six tobacco citations within a year, said Christa Johnson, executive assistant for the state tax commissioners.
"They were selling to minors," Johnson said, referring to the store's clerks.
But officials say there is no guarantee that means the state closed the business altogether.
The health department received word that, because the store sells more than just tobacco products, it was open for business Tuesday, Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said.
The commission took the action after Centerville Police and county health officials conducted tobacco-compliance checks on the store. The compliance checks resulted in the store being cited on six occasions for selling tobacco to a minor, Garrett said.
Utah law states it is unlawful to sell tobacco products to anyone younger than 19. The first offense is a class C misdemeanor; the second offense is a class B misdemeanor; and all subsequent offenses are class A misdemeanors.
The compliance checks conducted on the store by health officials stemmed from complaints from parents who suspected the store was selling tobacco to minors, Garrett said.
With its first offense the store was subject to a penalty, a fine that increased with its second offense, Garrett said. The third offense, which is rare, resulted in the state revoking the business's tobacco license for 30 days, he said.
"I have seen only one other case where we have gotten to four violations in a year," Garrett said. "We rarely see repeat violations."
Despite the repeat violations, a previous store owner has been granted a hearing with the Davis Board of Health. The store owner is appealing $2,300 in fines the store received as a result of the tobacco stings police and health officials conducted.
The findings of the hearing will be revealed to the board at its regularly scheduled 7 a.m. May 10 meeting. The meeting will be in the health department offices, 22 S. State St., Clearfield.
The previous owner of City Smoke Shop in Centerville, who received a number of fines before selling the store in October, said she did not mean to sell to minors.