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24 students cited for underage smoking

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Police took photos of the teens as they puffed away on Monday. Police took photos of the teens as they puffed away on Monday.
Another view of the high school students. Another view of the high school students.

Several local high school students were busted for smoking cigarettes Monday when police issued tickets to two dozen teens for smoking off campus.

Initial reports stated police busted nearly 75 students for lighting up, but Pinconning Police Sgt. Terry Spencer showed TV5 the 24 tickets handed out to Pinconning High School students.

The smoking habit is one police say they want to snuff out. Police also took photos of the students getting their hit of nicotine across the street from the school.

Some of the students and their parents told TV5 police should have bigger crimes to fight, but around town, TV5 found most people stating that "the law is the law" and that the crackdown "made sense."

Pinconning school officials did not want to comment on the ticket writing, but some businesses and residents say the students are loitering after school.

Officers told TV5 they fear that some of the teens caught smoking may also be dabbling in drug use and issued the warning that if minors continuing smoking on city streets, they'll continue writing tickets.

For those who were issued a ticket, if it's a first offense the punishment is up to $50 fine, up to 16 hours of community service and the offender could be asked to attend a tobacco education program. Many other states have much stiffer first-offense penalties. For a full listing, see this article.

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