Article 61

SALE, EXCHANGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CIGARETTE LIGHTERS AND MATCHES TO MINORS AND SELF-SERVICE DISPLAY OF CIGARETTE LIGHTERS AND MATCHES


Section  1


No person shall sell, exchange or distribute a cigarette lighter or lighters and/or matches to a minor in the Town of Natick.

Section  2


Self-service display of a cigarette lighter or lighters and/or matches is hereby prohibited in the Town of Natick.

Section  3      Definitions



In this By-law, the following words shall have the following meanings:

 Minor: Any individual under the age of eighteen (18) years;

 Person: An owner, operator, manager, employee or representative of a store, business, entity or establishment

Self-Service Display:
A display from which any product may be selected by a customer without assistance from an owner, operator, manager, employee or representative of the store, business, entity or establishment which displays the product.


Section  4


A person selling, exchanging or distributing cigarette lighters and/or matches shall request and examine identification from any purchaser suspected of being a minor, and shall positively establish the purchaser’s age as eighteen (18) years or older before allowing the purchase and/or distribution of a cigarette lighter and/or matches by or to such a purchaser.  The following shall constitute positive identification: a valid Massachusetts drivers’ license; or a certified firth certificate along with a picture identification card, or two (2) other similar forms of identification, one (1) of which shall be a picture identification card.

Section  5


The provisions of the By-law shall only apply to any store, business, entity or establishment engaged in the retail sale of tobacco products and accessories.

Section  6


Any person violating any provision of the By-law shall be subject to a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for the first offense; a fine of not less than Two Hundred Dollars ($200) for the second offense; and a fine of not less than Three Hundred Dollars ($300) for each subsequent offense.  Each violation of a provision of this By-law shall constitute a separate offense.

Section  7


The Natick Fire Department shall enforce the provisions of the By-law.