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8 vaping stores in Sarasota County busted for selling to minors

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 05:45:19-04

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office cited eight stores for selling vaping products to minors, the office announced on Thursday.

According to a press release, the sheriff’s office teamed up with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for the undercover operation on Monday.

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Undercover agents were sent into 29 stores throughout the county. Employees at the eight stores cited were found to be in violation of selling a nicotine product or nicotine dispensing devices to a minor, according to the news release.

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Clerks at the eight stores were given citations and are expected to appear in court.

The eight stores in violation were:

  • DNA Vaping Lounge Sarasota, 5045 Fruitville Road, Unit 165, Sarasota
  • Smoker Friendly/Tobacco Depot #723, 4461 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
  • Fantacy Vape and Smoke Shop, 2868 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota
  • Ignite Vapors, 3251 17th Street, Unit 170, Sarasota
  • Cheap Smokes, 1839 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
  • Skybudz Smoke Shop Inc., 3135 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
  • Gateway Vape, 6534 Gateway Avenue, Sarasota
  • Ryo Tasteful Tobacco, 5761 Beneva Road, Sarasota

According to the release, the other 21 stores in Sarasota, Venice, Englewood and North Port were all in compliance.