Tougher legislation aimed to keep cigarettes from minors

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Lawmakers are working to keep cigarettes out of the hands of minors and they’re hoping new legislation will do the trick.

A bill making its way through the legislature would pump-up the punishment for stores caught supplying cigarettes to under age kids and the kids who bought them.

Under Michigan law a minor caught with a cigarette is subject to criminal charges and fines.

Under the proposed bill minors caught lighting up and stores caught supplying the cigarettes could end up paying double the amount of current fines.

If passed both sides would pay $100 per violation which is double the $50 fine charged now.

As an added deterrent, if offenders are caught again the fines raise to $500.

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