The Douglas County Board has adopted a pair of ordinances that prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to minors and prohibit individuals younger than 18 from possessing the products.
The ordinances replace an ordinance that covered both matters, but was split to clarify the penalties for violations of the ordinance.
Failing to post a sign where tobacco products are sold denoting the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to minors could net a $25-$50 fine, and fines for selling to minors could cost up to $500. Two or more offenses within a year for selling to minors require a minimum $200 fine for each offense.
Retailers can't be held responsible if a minor misrepresents their age using false identification.
Youth younger than 18 are prohibited from purchasing or possessing tobacco products except when it's necessary for resale in the course of employment. Fines are up to $50.
The ordinance also makes an exception for 15- to 18-year-olds working with law enforcement to investigate whether such products are being sold to minors. Law enforcement is required to immediately confiscate the products.