Although they are not supposed to some people are buying tobacco products with Access Cards, which is government assistance.
We met a Cumberland County man who receives assistance. He did not want to go on camera but told abc27 he’s seen people abuse Access Cards.
“It makes me want to yell and scream at them because they are making other people look bad and it is putting other people down that do honor the fact they get it for assistance and for help,” said the Cumberland County man.
Under House Bill 1038, introduced by Representative Mike Reese, people would be fined $1,000 for buying tobacco products with government assistance, but the man we spoke with says the stores that sell to them should also be held accountable.
“It’s not the purpose of it and stores that are using it like that should lose the ability to serve people with the food stamps,” he said.