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Plainfield eyes new rules for tobacco sales

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The proposed amendments to the ordinance reviewed by the Plainfield Village Board on Monday included additional applicant terms and conditions and restrictions on the sale of certain tobacco accessories, such as cigarette papers, pipes, holders of smoking materials and cigarette rolling machines.

Some of the proposed modifications state that a license will not be issued or renewed if a person is not a citizen or legal resident of the United States; a person who is not of good character and reputation in the community which he/she resides; and a person who has been convicted of a felony under federal or state law.

The revised ordinance also makes it unlawful for any person to offer, sell, barter, exchange, deliver or give away a hookah to another person.

Mary Sanderson of Plainfield said she likes seeking tougher restrictions on tobacco sales, especially concerning minors.

“I hope those who own or work at businesses continually check the IDs so minors are not sold cigarettes,” she said. “With the price of cigarettes, I am surprised people even have the money to support their habit.”

Trustee Garrett Peck said he is not in favor of increasing the annual fee for a tobacco license from $100 to $250. He said when the trustees address the proposed ordinance at a future meeting, he will vote against the fee increase.

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