[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Greenwich 3-18-1996 by Ord. No. 8-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION or ASSOCIATION
- Includes the following: any person, firm, corporation or association in whose place of business or employment tobacco products are offered for sale, directly or by machine.
- TOBACCO PRODUCT
- Any product made from the tobacco plant or containing tobacco leaf, for the purpose of smoking, chewing, inhaling, or other personal use, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and dipping tobacco.
- TOBACCO VENDING MACHINE
- Any mechanical, electrical or electronic self-service device which, upon insertion of money, tokens or any other form of payments, dispenses tobacco or tobacco products, either exclusively or as one kind of available item.
Editor's Note: Original Section 2, prohibition of tobacco sales to minors, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 7-20-2009 by Ord. No. 20-2009.
In view of the indiscriminate sales of tobacco products to minors by automatic vending machines, all tobacco vending machines are hereby prohibited in the Township of Greenwich in any location that has access by minors.
[Added 6-1-1998 by Ord. No. 11-1998]
All tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products and related paraphernalia, shall not be publicly displayed in retail stores within the Township of Greenwich. All such products shall be hidden from public view.
Any person, firm, corporation or association violating §§ 637-2 and/or 637-3 of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $250 for the first violation, not less than $500 for the second violation, and $1,000 for the third and each subsequent violation within a two-year period. For the purpose of this chapter, the two-year period will be considered as the 730 days directly preceding the most recent violation.
[Amended 6-1-1998 by Ord. No. 11-1998]
Any person, firm, corporation or association owning, operating, renting or permitting the use of or operation of a tobacco vending machine on premises under his or her ownership that has access by minors shall be subject to a fine of $250 per day per violation. Each day on which such a machine is owned, operated, rented or permitted on the premises shall be deemed a separate violation and shall result in an additional fine.
The municipal Police Department or any citizen may enforce this chapter by filing a complaint in Municipal Court, provided that no citizen may file a complaint prior to 120 days after the date this chapter takes effect.