Township of Readington, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Readington 7-18-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 274-1 Prohibition of tobacco sales to minors.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to sell tobacco to a person under 18 years of age.
B. 
Sign requirements. The following six-inch-by-eight-inch sign shall be posted in a conspicuous place near each cash register in all retail establishments which sell tobacco products:
SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS PROHIBITED BY LAW
Legal proof of age must be shown. A person who sells or offers to sell a tobacco product to a person under 18 years of age may be prosecuted in accordance with state and local ordinances.

§ 274-2 Identification required.

It shall be unlawful for a tobacco retailer to sell or permit to be sold tobacco to any individual without first requesting and examining identification from the purchaser positively establishing the purchaser's age as 18 years or greater, unless the seller has some other conclusive basis for determining the buyer is over the age of 18 years.

§ 274-3 Prohibition of tobacco vending machines, tobacco vending machine sales and self-service cigarette displays.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to offer for sale or to sell tobacco through a tobacco vending machine in Readington Township.
B. 
Self-service cigarette displays are prohibited in all retail establishments.

§ 274-4 Removal of unlawful tobacco vending machines.

All tobacco vending machines and self-service cigarette displays made unlawful by the terms of this chapter shall be removed within 30 days from the effective date of this chapter.

§ 274-5 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD OF HEALTH
The Readington Township Board of Health and may be referred to in this chapter as the "Board of Health", "Department" or "Board."
HEALTH OFFICER
The administrative officer of the Readington Township Board of Health and/or his or her authorized representatives.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, cooperative, association, corporation, personal representative, receiver, trustee, assignee or any other legal entity.
RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT
Any place of business that sells to the public at retail.
TOBACCO
Any product made from the tobacco plant for the purpose of smoking, chewing, inhaling or other personal use, including cigars chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff and cigarettes in any form.
TOBACCO RETAILER
Any person or entity that operates a store, stand, booth, concession or place at which sales of tobacco are made to purchasers for consumption or use; shall also mean a person or entity that owns, operates or uses a vending machine and/or a vending machine location.
VENDING MACHINE
Any automated, self-service device which, upon insertion of money, tokens or any other from of payment, dispenses cigarette or other tobacco products.
VENDING MACHINE LOCATION
The room, enclosure, space or area where a tobacco vending machine is installed and operated.

§ 274-6 Enforcement.

A. 
Whenever the Health Officer or his/her designee reasonably believes there exists a violation of this chapter, he/she may issue a summons and complaint not later than 90 days after discovery of the alleged violation. The complaint shall be written and shall state with reasonable particularity the nature of the violation, including reference to the article and section of this chapter alleged to have been violated. The complaint shall be delivered or sent by certified mail to the alleged violator.
B. 
The Health Officer or his designee or any other person charged with enforcement this chapter, after giving proper identification, may inspect any matter, thing, premises, place, person, record vehicle, incident or event as necessary.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to molest, willfully oppose, verbally abuse or otherwise obstruct the Health Officer or his designee, who may request the assistance of the Readington Township Police Department or other police agency or peace officer when necessary to execute his or her official duty in a manner prescribed by law.
D. 
Citizens may bring complaints against violators of this chapter.

§ 274-7 Construal of provisions.

This chapter shall be liberally construed for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of Readington Township.

§ 274-8 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Unless otherwise provided by law, statute or ordinance, any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each offense. Complaint shall be made in the Municipal Court of Readington Township or before such other judicial officer having authority under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
B. 
Each sale of tobacco to a minor shall constitute a separate violation.
C. 
The Board of Health may suspend the retail food establishment license of any person convicted of violation of this chapter for a period of not more than three days, pursuant to the authority of the Health Commission to license and regulate food establishments as provided by N.J.S.A. 26:3-31c.