16 Arizona stores overcharge for tobacco products

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona officials say they've found 16 stores around the state that are overcharging for tobacco products.

Employees with the state Department of Weights and Measures conducted unannounced inspections from March 3 to March 19 of 44 convenience stores, smoke shops and truck stops.

They say 16 were found to be charging more than the advertised price for products such as cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars.

Of the 685 individual products scanned, 53 were found to be overpriced.

In addition, 214 of nearly 5,500 tobacco products audited were missing price tags.

That violates Arizona statutes that require all exposed products for sale to have a clearly-marked price.

The 16 stores were fined and given 30 minutes to correct the violations or the product was removed from the sales floor.

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