Calgary convenience store charged for selling vaping…


If convicted, the owner and manager of Gemini Convenience Store could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines

The owner and manager of Gemini Convenience Store in northeast Calgary have been charged with 42 counts of violating the Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping Reduction Act by City of Calgary business licence inspectors. The business was photographed on Monday, May 9, 2022. Gavin Young/Postmedia

The owner and manager of a northeast Calgary convenience store are facing multiple charges and tens of thousands of dollars in potential fines for allegedly selling vaping products to minors and failing to ID young customers.

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Gemini Convenience Store is located in the city’s Pineridge neighbourhood at 5309 Rundlehorn Drive N.E. The shop’s owner Nupar Vasistha, its manager Sudhakar Tandon and the company itself under the corporation name Maple Gifts & Confectionary Enterprise Limited are charged with 42 counts of violating Alberta’s Tobacco Smoking and Vaping Reduction Act. They could face fines of up to $10,000 for their first offence and up to $100,000 for subsequent offences if convicted.

In a news release, the City of Calgary said its business licence inspectors investigated the business after receiving public complaints through 311. Police then observed the violations and charges were laid.

“I would like to thank those that reached out to us via 311 and would encourage others to do the same if they learn of a business selling smoking and vaping products to minors,” said Michael Briegel, the city’s chief business licence inspector.

“It is important that we protect the health of young people — age requirements are in place for these products for a reason.”

The city is planning to conduct a licence review hearing for the business due to the “seriousness of the charges.” According to City of Calgary business licence data, the Gemini Convenience Store currently holds licences for retail, food service and tobacco sales, all of which are listed as “pending renewal” on the city’s website.

Postmedia attempted to contact Gemini Convenience Store and its proprietors, but calls were unreturned before publication.

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