Police ticket Farmington vape shop employee for selling to teen

Farmington Public Safety issued a misdemeanor ticket Thursday to a 51-year-old Farmington resident who sold chewing tobacco to an underage decoy at V.I.P Vape and Smoke Shop, 33317 Grand River Avenue.

The department routinely enlists the help of decoys, who are paired with a plain clothes police officer, to ensure businesses licensed to sell tobacco products are complying with state laws and local ordinances, Public Safety Director Frank Demers said.

“Of the nine businesses in the city licensed to sell tobacco products, only one – VIP Vape and Smoke – sold to our underage decoy,” he said.

The misdemeanor local ordinance violation for selling tobacco to a minor carries a penalty of a $50 fine.