Several times a year, the tobacco prevention program at Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) partners with local law enforcement agencies to carry out tobacco compliance checks in Cass County. The intent of the checks is to ensure tobacco retailers are not selling any tobacco products to minors.
Tobacco compliance checks were performed recently in Fargo on November 26 and West Fargo on November 27. In Fargo, 68 of the 74 businesses checked did not sell tobacco products to minors, resulting in a 92% pass rate. In West Fargo, compliance checks resulted in a 92% compliance rate, meaning out of the 12 businesses checked, one sold tobacco products to minors.
The FCPH tobacco prevention program appreciates the cooperation of the business community in Fargo and West Fargo. Licensed tobacco retailers are encouraged to periodically review city ordinances and state laws related to sale of tobacco products and to include this important information in training for new employees.
Businesses that failed:
- Casey’s General Store, 1401 South University Drive - first fail in 12 months
- Casey’s General Store, 2401 45th Street South - first fail in 12 months
- Casey’s General Store, 5151 Prosperity Way South - first fail in 12 months
- Family Fare, 3175 25th Street South - first fail in 12 months
- Hornbacher’s, 1532 32nd Avenue South - first fail in 12 months
- Hornbacher’s, 2510 North Broadway - first fail in 12 months
- Petro Serve USA, 1021 Main Ave West - first fail in 12 months
Penalties in Fargo and West Fargo are as follows:
- The first failure in a one-year time period – one-year probation
- The second failure in a one-year time period – three-day suspension of the tobacco license
- The third failure in a one-year time period – ten-day suspension of the tobacco license