Owasso officers find vaping store selling to minors in undercover sting
OWASSO, Okla. (KTUL) -- Police are now joining the federal government on cracking down on vaping stores selling to minors.
Vaping is still a fairly new method of smoking, which means regulating who is allowed to use them can be difficult.
“It's really become popular amongst the kids," said Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff.
Owasso officers are cracking down on a store that's selling to teens.
Police sent undercover students around town to find anyone breaking the law.
“They do go inside stores and attempt to purchase vape materials," said Woodruff.
There’s 21 vaping stores in town.
Of those, one sold an E-Cig to the undercover teens, and the store that was was cited was Cali Culture off North Owasso Expressway. The owner was not available for a comment.
Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff says the employee received a fine, and a promise of a bigger punishment next time.
“We had two teenagers walk in with a $20 bill wanting to buy a juice called 'Cowboy' that we sell," said Woodruff.
Indie Lizar works at one of the stores that officers check on.
“I asked to see an ID, and they said they didn’t have it, it was in the car, and I said I had to see an ID before I could sell to them," said Indie Lizar.
She says the teen quickly realized they weren’t getting what they came for and quickly walked outside and drove off.
And that’s how she does business.
“We have a zero tolerance policy to selling to minors in all of our stores," said Lizar.
In fact, if an employee there gets caught selling to a minor, they can be fired.
The price to ensure they’re doing the right thing.
Police say they’ve written more than 20 tickets this year alone for high school students with tobacco on them, half of which were e-cigarettes.