The Watford City Police Department recently completed a compliance check of businesses that sell tobacco and found 14 of 16 businesses refused to sell to minors.

The check was the first by the department, according to a news release put out Wednesday, July 10. The checks were done in partnership with Upper Missouri Health District, North Dakota Department of Health and McKenzie County School District.

Only two businesses, Long X Bottle Shop and Kum and Go gas station, sold tobacco or nicotine products to minors, police said. These businesses were warned instead of being cited, and trained on North Dakota tobacco laws.

The department plans to continue the compliance checks in the future, using grant funding from the Upper Missouri Health District and North Dakota Department of Health.

WCPD would like thank the following businesses for checking the IDs of our minors and refusing to sell tobacco or nicotine products.

- American Legion Bar

- Holiday Gas Station

- Cash Wise Foods

- Cash Wise Liquor

- Corner Post Gas Station

- Family Dollar (Main Street)

- Family Dollar (4th Ave Ne)

- Cenex

- One Stop Gas Station

- Jack and Jill’s Grocery Store

- Tobacco Depot

- Fox Hills Golf Course

- City Bar

- Twist Convenience Store

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