Tennessee will fine retailers who sell cigarettes one at a time $1,000
Sep 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State agencies are warning tobacco retailers to stop selling individual cigarettes that can be as cheap as 25 cents a piece, but pose a health threat to young people.
The state Attorney General’s Office has notified 23 retailers who are allegedly selling single cigarettes that have been removed from the packs, called “loosies.“
Retailers could face penalties up to $1,000 per violation for selling single cigarettes. Because of the low price of single cigarettes, health officials are concerned it may attract young people as an easy, affordable way to start smoking.