facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Store warned for selling cigarette gum

Dec. 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM   |   Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A retro-themed soda shop in Minnesota was issued a warning for violating an ordinance banning the sales of cigarette-themed treats.

Workers at Lynden's in St. Paul said a city inspections official visited the store Dec. 19 and issued a warning for a violation of a 3-year-old ordinance banning the sale of tobacco-themed confections, The Minneapolis Star reported Thursday.

The store had been selling gum packaged to resemble cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. Workers said the items have been in stock since the store opened in April.

"We got busted [Dec. 19] by the City of St. Paul. Oops," the shop posted on its Twitter account.

"We had no idea," owner Tobi Lynden said of the ordinance Wednesday. "We don't want to get on the bad side of St. Paul."

Lynden said the cigarette gum had been the store's bestselling candy. She said the inspector told her the warning had been based on a complaint from a customer.

Officials said the store could face a $500 fine if it is found to be violating the ordinance a second time.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Gamers 'prank' each other by calling in real life SWAT team, webcam captures fallout
2
Welsh man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider
3
Georgia fourth grader suspended after bringing Nerf gun to school
4
Dreamworks Dad is back with video game-inspired 'Action Movie Kid - Volume 2'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback