William Torres of Point Pleasant was charged with one count of the sale of an electronic smoking device to a person under the age of 21 and obstruction of justice. He was released on a summons pending a future court date, police said.
The incident happened on Thursday at 12:28 p.m. when police received a report about a man possibly purchasing electronic vaping materials for another male under the age of 21, authorities said.
Detectives and officers then responded to Nobles Smoke Shop on Arnold Avenue, police said.
Authorities determined that Torres purchased electronic vaping products in Nobles Smoke Shop for a male under the age of 21, police said. Torres who was then quickly taken into custody.
“As a parent of teenagers, the time is now for us to have a heart-to-heart conversation with our kids about the dangers of vaping,” said Chief Joseph A. Michigan. “The use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices are a major health issue in this country that must be addressed.”
Here are some facts, the chief said:
- E-cigarettes are the most commonly-used tobacco product among teens. In 2018, over 20 percent of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.
- E-cigarettes contain a liquid solution that is usually flavored. Flavors, which are appealing to children, often are things like peach schnapps, java jolt, piña colada, peppermint, bubble gum, or chocolate.
- Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future.
- Children are exposed to e-cigarette advertising in the media, and in magazines and billboards.
- Although it is illegal for e-cigarettes to be sold to youth under age 18, they can be ordered online.
The Point Pleasant Beach Police Department is committed to keeping citizens and especially the children in this community safe, the department said.
If anyone has questions or concerns, or has information on businesses or individuals selling e-cigarettes to underage individuals, reach out to the chief at 732-892-0500.