Councilwoman wants cigarette sale signs removed from stores

2014-04-20T20:45:00Z 2014-04-20T22:34:18Z Councilwoman wants cigarette sale signs removed from storesPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
April 20, 2014 8:45 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | The sale of cigarettes, both traditional and electronic, has one East Chicago City Council member concerned.

Sixth District Councilwoman Gilda Orange has asked the City Council send letters to two Dollar General stores in East Chicago to request they remove outside signs that she said advertise cheap cigarettes.

Orange said both locations have large yellow signs outside that promote inexpensive tobacco, and she thinks that is not a good model for businesses in the city.

"That entices kids to go in," she said.

Orange said the Strack & Van Til grocery store on Indianapolis Boulevard complied with a City Council request to remove outdoor signs advertising tobacco products.

"I think every business should adhere to that," Orange said. "They should not be advertising cigarettes."

Orange also requested a letter be sent to state Sen. Lonnie Randolph and state Rep. Earl Harris to encourage them to explore the creation of a bill that would require an individual be at least 18 years old to buy electronic cigarettes.

Orange said she recently witnessed a 14-year-old buy electronic cigarettes at a gas station in East Chicago.

"We don't know if the e-cigarettes are safe or not," she said.

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