Fines for tobacco sales to minors could increase

Capital News Service
LANSING—The penalties for selling or furnishing tobacco products to minors would increase if the House passes a bill approved by the Senate. Under the bill introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, violators would face a fine of up to $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for a second offense. Currently, the fine is only up to $50 each time. Bieda said the main concern is people who sell or furnish tobacco products to minors repeatedly. The bill would also require retailers to post signs warning that it’s illegal to provide tobacco to minors and that minors who illegally buy tobacco face criminal penalties.