LIVERMORE, Calif. (KRON) – A tobacco store in Livermore has lost its tobacco retail license for five years after repeatedly selling vaping and vaping-related products, particularly to minors, according to the Livermore Police Department.
An administrative hearing was held on March 3 following the smoking room’s repeated violations.
The store owner will not be allowed to sell any tobacco products until 2027.
Last month, an inspection was conducted leading to the confiscation of hundreds of flavored tobacco products found in a room at the Cloud Smoke store located at 4088 East Ave. – Formerly known as Spark Smoke and Vape.
A city ordinance prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and liquids, police say.
Mountain House store owner, 48, Wahid Faroqi, was cited in January 2021 for selling a flavored electronic device to an underage lure. Faroqi was then ordered to immediately remove the vaping products.
About six months later, in June, an employee sold a vaping product to another underage lure.
Faroqi was granted a 90-day suspension from the sale of any tobacco and nicotine products.
That didn’t stop the store owner, as the tips kept coming to the authorities.
On February 10, 41 cases containing 244 steam products were found in an employee area during an inspection. According to the owner, he claimed they were returned but was unable to provide proof of receipt.
“This store is right across the street from a college and a daycare, and they sell to children,” Livermore Police Sgt. Paul Mayer. “It’s really hard for kids not to get addicted and if we can disrupt the supply chain then they need to stop. It’s not only a financial burden for children, but there are medical, health and depression risks associated with it.
If you have a reportable violation of a business selling tobacco to minors, you are asked to call Sgt. Paul Mayer at (925) 371-4846.