(a) Any person who sells tobacco products shall post signs informing the public of the age restrictions provided by this article at or near every display of tobacco products and on or upon every vending machine which offers tobacco products for sale. Each sign shall be plainly visible and shall contain a statement communicating that the sale of tobacco products to persons under eighteen (18) years of age is prohibited by law. Effective January 1, 2001, any person who owns, operates or manages a business where tobacco products are offered for sale at retail and at which persons under the age of eighteen (18) are allowed admission with or without an adult, shall maintain all tobacco products within the line of sight of a cashier or other employee or under the control of the cashier or other employee. For purposes of this subsection:
(i) “Within the line of sight” means visible to a cashier or other employee while at the sales counter; and
(ii) “Under control” means protected by security, surveillance or detection methods.
(b) No person shall sell or offer tobacco products:
(i) Through a vending machine unless the vending machine is located in:
(A) Businesses, factories, offices or other places not open to the general public;
(B) Places to which persons under the age of eighteen (18) years of age are not permitted access; or
(C) Business premises where alcoholic or malt beverages are sold or dispensed and where entry by persons under eighteen (18) years of age is prohibited.
(ii) Through a self service display except in:
(A) A vending machine as permitted in paragraph (i) of this subsection; or
(B) A business where entry by persons under eighteen (18) years of age is prohibited.
(c) Any person violating subsection (a) or (b) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than:
(i) Fifty dollars ($50.00) for a first violation committed within a twenty-four (24) month period;
(ii) Two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for a second violation committed within a twenty-four (24) month period;
(iii) Seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for a third or subsequent violation committed within a twenty- four (24) month period.
(d) For purposes of subsection (c) of this section, each day of continued violation under subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be deemed a separate offense.
(e) In addition to the penalties under paragraph (c)(iii) of this section, any person violating subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a third or subsequent time within a two (2) year period may be subject to an injunction. The department or the district attorney of the county in which the offense occurred, may petition the district court for an injunction to prohibit the sale of tobacco from the vending machines or the establishment where the violation occurred. If the court finds that the respondent in the action has violated the provisions of subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a third or subsequent time within a two (2) year period and may continue to violate such provisions, it may grant an injunction prohibiting the respondent from selling tobacco products from vending machines or from the establishment where the violation occurred for a period of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days. For the purposes of this subsection, multiple violations occurring before the petition for the injunction is filed shall be deemed part of the violation for which the injunction is sought. If the person against whom the injunction is sought operates multiple, geographically separate establishments or vending machines, the injunction shall apply only to the establishment where the violation occurred and to the vending machines resulting in the violation. The injunction shall prohibit all sales of tobacco products from the vending machines or the establishment involved in the violation, regardless of any change in ownership or management of the vending machines or the establishment that is not a bona fide, arms length transaction while the injunction is in effect.
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