August 11, 2015
Baton Rouge, LA – Agents with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
conducted 5,474 compliance checks during the agency’s 2015 Summer Crackdown and issued
821 citations. Of those citations, 460 were issued for alcohol sales to a minor and 361 were
issued for tobacco sales to a minor. Approximately 15% of the businesses checked during the
Summer Crackdown actually sold alcohol and/or tobacco to an underage operative, which is in
line with previous years.
The summer initiative is an attempt by ATC to follow through on its mission to prevent access of
alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to underage persons. Statistics show an increase in
teenage alcohol consumption during summer months. Most of the operatives used were 16 and
17 years old.
“We are not satisfied with a 15% non-compliance rate, but the good news is that 85% did the
right thing. There is nothing good that can come out of selling alcohol or tobacco to a minor and
ATC will hold those that sold accountable,” said Commissioner Troy Hebert.
This is the third year Commissioner Hebert has ordered ATC agents to increase the number of
random compliance checks at alcohol and tobacco retail outlets statewide during the
summer. Anyone caught selling or serving alcohol or tobacco products to minors are subject to
criminal and/or administrative charges. Businesses and servers face fines that range from
$500.00 to $5,000.00, and penalties that could result in suspension or revocation of their alcohol
and tobacco permits.
For more information, please contact:
Troy Hebert, Commissioner
Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control