An undercover operation by the Barnstable County Tobacco Control Program on March 30 has landed two Mashpee businesses in hot water.
During the sting, CVS Pharmacy at Mashpee Commons and Andy’s Market on Route 151 were cited for selling cigarettes to a minor.
Both businesses have been summonsed to a public hearing in front of the Mashpee Board of Health on Thursday, April 3, at 7 PM at Mashpee Town Hall.
Mashpee health agent Glen E. Harrington said that operatives of the county program typically visit approximately a dozen retailers in a town during each operation. When a violation occurs, the local board of health is notified immediately.
According to Mr. Harrington, last weekend’s violation will count as a first offense for both stores, and they will be fined $100. The town’s tobacco violation policy runs on a four-year cycle, so if either business has a second violation within the next 48 months, a $300 fine will be levied. A third violation during that period would result in one month loss of the store’s tobacco sales permit.
The four-year town violation cycle should not have an impact on CVS, as the company announced in February that it would stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1.