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    Tobacco Trap

    Police in Illinois town hold "sting" operations on local business.

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- The Hoffman Estates Police department is on a mission to stamp out underage smoking and now have gotten a little help from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. The commission has given the department money to conduct "tobacco stings" of area businesses to make sure they are not selling tobacco to minors, Daily (Ill.) Herald reports.

    After training retailers to properly check IDs, the police department will follow up with a series of three stings at each retail business using 14-, 15-, and 16-year-olds who will try to buy cigarettes.

    The checks will be conducted in November, February and May. Retailers who sell cigarettes to the minors will be charged under village ordinances and reported to the clerk's office.

    Throughout September, Hoffman retailers will be invited to attend a training seminar, hosted by the police department.

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