Big Fines for Underage Smokers in Riverton
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The Riverton City Council has given preliminary approval to a proposal to raise fines up to $750 for underage tobacco use.
Supporters who asked for increased fines also recommended that the city add electronic cigarettes to the list of tobacco products that no person under the age of 18 can purchase.
Supporters say raising fines is a proven way to fight underage use, but critics say it will have little or no impact.
The Riverton Ranger reports that under the proposed rules, a minor who gets a citation will have to appear in court with a parent.