Enforcement and Fines
How will Tobacco 21
be enforced in the City of Columbus?
will be conducted for all locations that hold a Retail Tobacco and Paraphernalia Sales License
and at least once during the event for all Temporary Retail Tobacco and Paraphernalia Sales Licenses.
These inspections will consist of two parts: a secret shopper that will attempt
an underage purchase and a sanitarian inspection. A civil fine of $500 will be issued for the 1st
violation. Second and subsequent
violations within 2 years of the 1st violation will be issued a
civil fine of $1,000 per violation.
Violations which occur more than 2 years after a previous violation will
not be considered a 2nd or subsequent violation.