The Coalition, Inc. has partnered with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in an effort to prevent and reduce the harmful use of tobacco products in rural areas like East Texas, where tobacco-related health problems are more prevalent.
Over the summer, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department targeted area businesses that sell tobacco. Out of the 38 businesses involved in the minor sting operation, only 5 sold tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors.
The businesses that sold tobacco products to minors include:
- O Lucky Food Mart #2 on 900 W. Church Street in Livingston;
- New Malones House of Beer Store on 14478 US Hwy 190 West in Onalaska;
- The Old House of Liquor on 14454 US Hwy 190 West in Onalaska;
- Sandy Food Mart on 11941 US Hwy 190 West in Livingston;
- Sun Mart #308 on 4727 US Hwy 59 South in Livingston.
We would like to commend those businesses who did not sell tobacco products to minors in our community. The Coalition and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department thank all of these stores for protecting the youth of Polk County from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine. For a complete list of those businesses that were under compliance, please visit The Coalition’s Facebook page @thecoalition936 or you can contact The Coalition at (936) 634-9308 for more information.
Effective Sept. 1, 2019, the 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, which increased the legal age for a person from 18 to 21 for the sale, distribution, possession, purchase, consumption or receipt of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or tobacco products. Visit comptroller.texas.gov for more information.