[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza 3-6-1991 as L.L. No. 2-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees, hereby finds that:
The use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, as determined by the United States Surgeon General, may be harmful to the health and comfort of the user and the nonuser of such products.
Many smokers acquire the habit of using tobacco products as minors, prior to the age of legal consent.
The distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products to members of the general public for free or at only a nominal charge encourages the use of tobacco products by minors and is detrimental to the public health.
The use of vending machines to dispense tobacco products facilitates the availability of such products to minors and encourages the use of such products by minors and is therefore detrimental to the public health.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- NOMINAL PRICE
- Any price less than the cost to the distributor, plus the amount of any taxes not included in such costs.
- A person, firm, company, corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, limited partnership or association.
- TOBACCO PRODUCTS
- Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco or any other tobacco products.
No person in the Village shall operate or permit on its premises the placement or operation of a vending machine which dispenses cigarettes or tobacco products, except that any person who now has such a vending machine on his/her premises shall have 60 days after the effective date of this chapter to remove said machine.
No cigarette or other tobacco product may be sold, offered for sale or distributed in the Village by or from a vending machine or any other device designed or used for vending purposes.
No person engaged in the business of selling or otherwise distributing cigarettes or tobacco products or any agent or employee of such person shall, in furtherance of such business, distribute without charge or for a nominal cost any cigarettes or tobacco products to any individual within the Village at any time.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Village's code enforcement officers, and they are hereby given the power and authority to do so.
Each violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both.
Each day on which a vending machine prohibited by this chapter remains or is operated on a premises within the Village shall constitute a separate violation of this chapter.