On Friday, September 23, the Brookfield Police Department and staff members of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP) conducted unannounced inspections of 22 Brookfield businesses. As a result, the (Chestnut Shell) at 819 Federal Road and at 177 Federal Road were issued infractions for violating underage tobacco sales laws.
Under the direction and supervision of DMHAS investigators, an underage youth was allowed to purchase cigarettes at those locations. The offending clerks were issued an infraction in the amount of $200. The fine climbs to $350 for a second violation in an 18-month period and $500 for a third.
was conducted in September 2010.
The Cigarette Dealer license holder at each establishment found in violation will be referred to the Department of Revenue Services for additional administrative sanctions.
A press release issued by DMHAS also noted that, as of October 1, 2008, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess or use tobacco in public.