Since approving an ordinance last April that bans selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in Princeton to anyone under age 21, the town’s Board of Health has been making an effort to enforce the law. The department recently went undercover, with the aid of a teenaged intern, to make sure none of the 16 area vendors that carry these products is violating the new ordinance.
In just two days, the high school student visited each of the retailers, including McCaffrey’s, Molisana, and Wawa markets, Rite Aid, the Exxon station, and several others, and attempted to purchase cigarettes. Health officials were pleasantly surprised to learn that none of the retailers agreed to sell tobacco products to the underage teen.
“I thought we’d be right around the state average, which is 88 percent. But being at 100 percent shows that our inspectors were doing their job educating everybody about the new ordinance,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser, who reported the good news to Princeton Council on August 10. “We want to reduce tobacco sales to minors and that is what this ordinance does.” more