Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. All users of this site agree that access to and use of this site are subject to the following terms and conditions and other applicable law. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this site. 

By visiting our site and/ or purchasing something from us, you engage in our “Service” and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. These Terms of Service apply  to all users of the site, including without limitation users who are browsers, vendors, customers, merchants, and/ or contributors of content.

Any new features or tools which are added to the current store shall also be subject to the Terms of Service. You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time on this page. We reserve the right to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and/or changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the website following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.

By purchasing items from us you agree that you are above 21 years of age, or the legal smoking age of your locality, and that any items purchased are for use by persons over legal smoking age. You also agree that you are fully aware of our policies, and that you are using the products on this site AT YOUR OWN RISK.  We reserve the right to refund or refuse any order. All packages shipped by 209 Smoke Shop must be signed for by an adult of legal age. We will not participate in internet, mail order or telephone order sales and shipment of any products to anyone under the legal age (21) of the state and or country they live in. All E-liquids sold on www.209smokeshop.com come equipped with child safety caps, please keep out of reach of children.

You may not use our products for any illegal or unauthorized purpose nor may you, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws).

 

You must not transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.

 

A breach or violation of any of the Terms will result in an immediate termination of your Services.

We reserve the right to hold any order suspected of credit fraud.

 

We may contact you to verify the information on your order.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

We only accept international orders to the select countries, subject to change based on international customs laws.

We do not Ship to Indonesia or Malaysia, Singapore or Moldova. Orders placed to any of these locations will be cancelled and refunded by next business day.

If you use this Site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. 209 Smoke Shop will only sell to smoking adults of legal smoking age, who own and can purchase with a credit card. If you are under the legal smoking age, www.209SmokeShop.com will refuse service, terminate all of your accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders immediately. 

You understand that your content (not including credit card information), may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Credit card information is always encrypted during transfer over networks.

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service or any contact on the website through which the service is provided, without express written permission by us.

We are not responsible if information made available on this site is not accurate, complete or current. The material on this site is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without consulting primary, more accurate, more complete or more timely sources of information. Any reliance on the material on this site is at your own risk.

 

This site may contain certain historical information. Historical information, necessarily, is not current and is provided for your reference only. We reserve the right to modify the contents of this site at any time, but we have no obligation to update any information on our site. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor changes to our site.

Prices for our products are subject to change without notice.

We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Service (or any part or content thereof) without notice at any time.

We shall not be liable to you or to any third-party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

In the event that a 209 Smoke Shop product is mistakenly listed at an incorrect price, 209 Smoke Shop reserves the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for product listed at the incorrect price. 209 Smoke Shop reserves the right to refuse or cancel any such orders whether or not the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged. If your credit card has already been charged for the purchase and your order is cancelled, 209 Smoke Shop shall issue a credit to your credit card account in the amount of the incorrect price.

Certain products or services may be available exclusively online through the website. These products or services may have limited quantities and are subject to return or exchange only according to our Return Policy.

 

We have made every effort to display as accurately as possible the colors and images of our products that appear at the store. We cannot guarantee that your computer monitor's display of any color will be accurate.

 

We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to limit the sales of our products or Services to any person, geographic region or jurisdiction. We may exercise this right on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to limit the quantities of any products or services that we offer. All descriptions of products or product pricing are subject to change at anytime without notice, at the sole discretion of us. We reserve the right to discontinue any product at any time. Any offer for any product or service made on this site is void where prohibited.

 

We do not warrant that the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you will meet your expectations, or that any errors in the Service will be corrected.

We reserve the right to refuse any order you place with us. We may, in our sole discretion, limit or cancel quantities purchased per person, per household or per order. These restrictions may include orders placed by or under the same customer account, the same credit card, and/or orders that use the same billing and/or shipping address. In the event that we make a change to or cancel an order, we may attempt to notify you by contacting the e-mail and/or billing address/phone number provided at the time the order was made. We reserve the right to limit or prohibit orders for any reason.

You agree to provide current, complete and accurate purchase and account information for all purchases made at our store. You agree to promptly update your account and other information, including your email address, phone number, and credit card numbers and expiration dates, so that we can complete your transactions and contact you as needed.

For more detail, please review our returns policy.

 

All items purchased from 209 Smoke Shop or sales agents are made pursuant to a shipment contract. This means that the risk of loss and title for such items pass to you upon delivery to the carrier.

Certain content, products and services available via our Service may include materials from third-parties.

Third-party links on this site may direct you to third-party websites that are not affiliated with us. We are not responsible for examining or evaluating the content or accuracy and we do not warrant and will not have any liability or responsibility for any third-party materials or websites, or for any other materials, products, or services of third-parties.

We are not liable for any harm or damages related to the purchase or use of goods, services, resources, content, or any other transactions made in connection with any third-party websites. Please review carefully the third-party’s policies and practices and make sure you understand them before you engage in any transaction. Complaints, claims, concerns, or questions regarding third-party products should be directed to the third-party.

These terms and conditions are applicable to you upon your accessing the site and/or completing the registration or shopping process. These terms and conditions, or any part of them, may be terminated by 209 Smoke Shop without notice at any time, for any reason. The provisions relating to Copyrights, Trademark, Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability, Indemnification and Miscellaneous, shall survive any termination.



209 Smoke Shop may deliver notice to you by means of e-mail, a general notice on the site, or by other reliable method to the address you have provided to 209 Smoke Shop



Harassment in any manner or form on the site, including via e-mail, chat, or by use of obscene or abusive language, is strictly forbidden. Impersonation of others, including a 209 Smoke Shop or other licensed employee, host, or representative, as well as other members or visitors on the site is prohibited. You may not upload to, distribute, or otherwise publish through the site any content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, or otherwise objectionable which may constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or which may otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law. You may not upload commercial content on the site or use the site to solicit others to join or become members of any other commercial online service or other organization.

Occasionally there may be information on our site or in the Service that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies or omissions that may relate to product descriptions, pricing, promotions, offers, product shipping charges, transit times and availability. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, and to change or update information or cancel orders if any information in the Service or on any related website is inaccurate at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order).

We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify information in the Service or on any related website, including without limitation, pricing information, except as required by law. No specified update or refresh date applied in the Service or on any related website, should be taken to indicate that all information in the Service or on any related website has been modified or updated.

209 Smoke Shop does ship to international customers in select foreign countries via direct international shipping carrier and also ships to shipping warehouses and freight forwarders. 209 Smoke Shop is not responsible for customs, duties, shipping errors, damage, or lost packages caused by shipping warehouses/freight forwarders. 209 Smoke Shop will make every effort to accommodate special shipping instructions when shipping directly to an international customer but accept no liability or responsibility for customs clearance issues or delays or seizure/confiscation of international shipments. International customers are responsible for following the customs rules and regulations of the destination country and must notify 209 Smoke Shop customer service of any relevant international shipping requirements for the destination country. All customs duties and taxes for direct-ship international orders will be billed to the purchaser separately by the shipping carrier. All sales are FINAL for international orders.

f, at our request, you send certain specific submissions (for example contest entries) or without a request from us you send creative ideas, suggestions, proposals, plans, or other materials, whether online, by email, by postal mail, or otherwise (collectively, 'comments'), you agree that we may, at any time, without restriction, edit, copy, publish, distribute, translate and otherwise use in any medium any comments that you forward to us. We are and shall be under no obligation (1) to maintain any comments in confidence; (2) to pay compensation for any comments; or (3) to respond to any comments.

 

We may, but have no obligation to, monitor, edit or remove content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party’s intellectual property or these Terms of Service.

 

You agree that your comments will not violate any right of any third-party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, personality or other personal or proprietary right. You further agree that your comments will not contain libelous or otherwise unlawful, abusive or obscene material, or contain any computer virus or other malware that could in any way affect the operation of the Service or any related website. You may not use a false e-mail address, pretend to be someone other than yourself, or otherwise mislead us or third-parties as to the origin of any comments. You are solely responsible for any comments you make and their accuracy. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any comments posted by you or any third-party.

 

 

In addition to other prohibitions as set forth in the Terms of Service, you are prohibited from using the site or its content: (a) for any unlawful purpose; (b) to solicit others to perform or participate in any unlawful acts; (c) to violate any international, federal, provincial or state regulations, rules, laws, or local ordinances; (d) to infringe upon or violate our intellectual property rights or the intellectual property rights of others; (e) to harass, abuse, insult, harm, defame, slander, disparage, intimidate, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, or disability; (f) to submit false or misleading information; (g) to upload or transmit viruses or any other type of malicious code that will or may be used in any way that will affect the functionality or operation of the Service or of any related website, other websites, or the Internet; (h) to collect or track the personal information of others; (i) to spam, phish, pharm, pretext, spider, crawl, or scrape; (j) for any obscene or immoral purpose; or (k) to interfere with or circumvent the security features of the Service or any related website, other websites, or the Internet. We reserve the right to terminate your use of the Service or any related website for violating any of the prohibited uses.

We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use of our service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

 

We do not warrant that the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable.

 

You agree that from time to time we may remove the service for indefinite periods of time or cancel the service at any time, without notice to you.

 

You expressly agree that your use of, or inability to use, the service is at your sole risk. The service and all products and services delivered to you through the service are (except as expressly stated by us) provided 'as is' and 'as available' for your use, without any representation, warranties or conditions of any kind, either express or implied, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, merchantable quality, fitness for a particular purpose, durability, title, and non-infringement.

 

In no case shall 209 Smoke Shop , our directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, service providers or licensors be liable for any injury, loss, claim, or any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages of any kind, including, without limitation lost profits, lost revenue, lost savings, loss of data, replacement costs, or any similar damages, whether based in contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, arising from your use of any of the service or any products procured using the service, or for any other claim related in any way to your use of the service or any product, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the service or any content (or product) posted, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the service, even if advised of their possibility. Because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, our liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.

 

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless 209 Smoke Shop and our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, agents, contractors, licensors, service providers, subcontractors, suppliers, interns and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third-party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms of Service or the documents they incorporate by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third-party.

 

 

 In the event that any provision of these Terms of Service is determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, such provision shall nonetheless be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and the unenforceable portion shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms of Service, such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other remaining provisions.

 

 

The obligations and liabilities of the parties incurred prior to the termination date shall survive the termination of this agreement for all purposes.

 

These Terms of Service are effective unless and until terminated by either you or us. You may terminate these Terms of Service at any time by notifying us that you no longer wish to use our Services, or when you cease using our site.

 

If in our sole judgment you fail, or we suspect that you have failed, to comply with any term or provision of these Terms of Service, we also may terminate this agreement at any time without notice and you will remain liable for all amounts due up to and including the date of termination; and/or accordingly may deny you access to our Services (or any part thereof).

 

 

 

The failure of us to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

 

These Terms of Service and any policies or operating rules posted by us on this site or in respect to The Service constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between you and us and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior or contemporaneous agreements, communications and proposals, whether oral or written, between you and us (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service).

 

Any ambiguities in the interpretation of these Terms of Service shall not be construed against the drafting party.

 

Warning:

 Products sold by 209 Smoke Shop are not smoking cessation products and should not be used to treat any medical condition or habits. Products sold by 209 Smoke Shop are intended ONLY for use by persons of legal age. Children, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, or persons with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or allergic to nicotine or propylene glycol should not use any products sold by 209 Smoke Shop. By definition, nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and is very toxic. Avoid any contact with skin, eyes or through ingestion. Nicotine may increase heart rate, blood pressure, and can cause dizziness, nausea, and stomach pain. You may aggravate any pre-existing respiratory conditions by using products sold by 209 Smoke Shop. Contact your doctor immediately if any symptoms arise. We are not responsible for the misuse of these products, and urge all of our users to exercise caution and moderation with using any product sold by 209 Smoke Shop

 

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65- Certain products sold on this website contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Products sold on this website are NOT smoking cessation products and have NOT been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, nor are they intended to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Products sold here are NOT intended for minors. All purchasers must be of legal age to purchase the products on this site.

Advanced User Warning: Mechanical Mods and Rebuildable Atomizers are for advanced users ONLY. Purchase and Use at your own risk. Rebuildable atomizers (RDA / RTA), Mechanical Mods, and Pre-Built coils are for experienced vapers with access to multimeters and a complete understanding of Ohms Law. Please use a multimeter or ohmmeter to check the resistance or for shorts in coil builds. Must have a complete understanding of battery safety in relation to builds. Please ensure proper precautions are taken when using these devices in order to not cause damage and/or harm to the battery, mechanical mod, atomizer or the user and surroundings. Purchaser and user is completely responsible for having the necessary understanding/knowledge, using safe practices along with being aware of all potential dangers, including but not limited to proper building techniques, tools, and battery usage/storage/care. www.209SmokeShop.com nor its affiliates will be held liable or responsible for any damage caused by these advanced vaping products and devices.

DISCRETIONARY INFORMATION:

  • Use products only as intended
  • Expect variances in ingredients and nicotine levels, exact amounts are not guaranteed by volume
  • Do not use while driving
  • Vape away from the vicinity of people and/or pets as there is no confirmed scientific evidence of detrimental effects
  • Use products in moderation as they may increase heart rate or potentially lead to nicotine poisoning (if applicable)
  • Stay hydrated while vaping any e-liquids
  • Flavorings in the e liquid may contain trace amounts of nuts, gluten, sugar, or other sweeteners and may also contain artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners
  • Please consult a physician if you are allergic to nuts, sweeteners, various fruit ingredients, PG or VG prior to use. 209 Smoke Shop is not responsible for any side-affects caused by an allergic reaction to our products. Please check with the relative manufacturer for additional details regarding possible allergens contained in e liquid products.

E liquid products may contain nicotine, which is a poisonous and addictive substance. These products are only intended for committed smokers of legal smoking age and not for non-smokers, children, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant or any person with an elevated risk of, or preexisting condition of, any medical condition which includes, but is not limited to, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma. If you experience any side effects or possible side effects, stop using the product immediately and consult a physician. Product may be poisonous if orally ingested. These products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested or guaranteed as such. Our products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Please keep out of reach of children and/or pets. Use all products on this site at your own risk.

 209 Smoke Shop is required by law and committed to preventing sales to anyone under the legal purchasing age for any of our products. When you place an order, your name and address are used to confirm your identity and age. This process only must be done once. In some cases we might be unable to verify your age during check-out and will need you to provide alternate information to complete your order. 

 Battery Warning
CAUTION: There is an inherent risk with the use of any and all rechargeable batteries in any circumstance. Use special caution when working with Li-ion (Lithium-ion), LiPo (Lithium-ion Polymer) and any rechargeable cells, as they are very sensitive to charging characteristics and may explode or burn if mishandled. Make sure the user has enough knowledge of Li-ion (Lithium-ion), LiPo (Lithium-ion Polymer) and any rechargeable cells in charging, discharging, assembly and storage before use. Always charge in/on a fire-proof surface. Never leave charging batteries unattended. Do not use any rechargeable battery as well as any battery charger if any visible damage is present, as well as if the cell or charger has been stressed through mishandling, accidental or otherwise, even if damage may not be visible. Always store and transport rechargeable cells in a safe, non-conductive container in a controlled environment. Dispose of all battery cells and chargers in accordance to local laws and mandates. Do not use chargers purchased outside of 209SmokeShop.com Doing so may cause damage to the battery and malfunctions which can cause serious injuries. We are not responsible for damage of any modification to the batteries in form or shape. We are not responsible for any damage caused by misuse or mishandling of Li-ion (Lithium-ion), LiPo (Lithium-ion Polymer) and any rechargeable cells.

 

IMPORTANT BATTERY SAFETY NOTICE
Stay Safe And Be Aware Of The Chances Of Lithium Battery Fires! 

WARNING: Lithium Polymer batteries (LiPo or Li-Po) and Lithium Ion batteries (Li-Ion) have a very high energy density (A-Hrs. to weight ratio) compared to NiMH, NiCd's, or other batteries. That high energy density means that there's is also an increased risk when using them. Because of this, we at VaporDNA and any and all of VaporDNA's parent and subsidiary companies recommend extreme caution in their use, and are informing you of the risks that come with using these types of batteries. 

The main risk is FIRE or EXPLOSION which can result from improper charging, physical damage, or short circuiting the LiPo, Li-Ion and all rechargeable batteries. We must stress that all lithium and all rechargeable batteries be used with extreme caution and attention in order to prevent any dangerous situations. Houses, garages, and shops have also burned as the result of a lithium battery fire! Due to the close proximity of rechargeable batteries to the user as per the nature of usage, these risks are increased and may result in great physical harm!

For devices that require the use of two or more batteries to operate, batteries must be matched in brand, model and battery state at all times. Discharge and recharge batteries within the same grouping. Failure to do so may result in malfunction, battery failure, and injury. 

Hybrid and mechanical devices are inherently dangerous and pose danger during use, storage, and assembly. Improperly storing, assembling, and using hybrid and/or mechanical devices may result in catastrophic battery failure, injury, and/or death. Exercise extreme caution in the use and handling of these devices at all times.

 

This product and any product sold under or in conjunction with www.209SmokeShop.com is not a toy. NEVER leave any product unattended, as the risk of potential harm is much greater. Must be at least 21 years of age or of legal age pertaining to your state and/or jurisdiction to purchase electronic cigarette products from this web site. Falsifying your age for the purpose of purchasing products from this web site is strictly illegal and is punishable by law. Purchasing items on behalf of a minor is prohibited and punishable by law. We reserve the right to ask for identification upon our discretion. By shopping our store, you are confirming you are of legal age to purchase these products. We reserve the right to deny any order if we think it is placed by a minor. Providing a false declaration under penalties of perjury is a criminal offense. 


THE FOLLOWING METHODS ARE RECOMMENDED WHEN CHARGING AND USING LITHIUM BATTERIES: 
1. ALWAYS store and charge lithium batteries in a fireproof or "LiPo safe" container. You should never store, if possible, your rechargeable batteries inside the device if not intended. 

2. ALWAYS charge in a protected area that is away from any flammable (combustible) materials. Always monitor the charging process; NEVER leave the charging process unattended at any time. 

3. ALWAYS use chargers SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED to charge lithium batteries, at settings that match your battery. Many documented lithium fires have occurred due to improperly set chargers that feature user-selectable/adjustable settings. Never attempt to charge lithium cells with a charger which is not specifically designed for charging lithium cells. 

4. ALWAYS use a charging system that monitors and controls the charge state of each individual cell (a.k.a. balanced charging). Charging with a balancer is a safer method, because unbalanced cells can lead to disaster if a single cell is overcharged. If any battery show any sign of swelling during the charging process, discontinue the charging IMMEDIATELY and move the battery to a safe place outside as they could erupt into flames. 

5. NEVER PLUG IN A LITHIUM BATTERY AND LEAVE IT TO CHARGE UNATTENDED! This is a highly dangerous situation, and many serious fires have resulted from this practice! 

6. NEVER continue to use, reuse, or attempt to charge a physically-damaged lithium battery. If ever your lithium battery gets damaged while in use (ex: drops, dings, overheating etc.) you must carefully remove the battery and place it in a safe place for at least a half hour to observe. Physically damaged lithium battery cells could spontaneously erupt into a fire! 

7. NEVER disassemble or attempt to make your own battery combinations from individual lithium cells. This includes specifically "stacking" batteries. 

 

Lithium Battery Liability Disclaimer and Warranty 

209 Smoke Shop assumes no liability for the use or misuse of this product or damages incurred to person or property by the use or misuse of chargers, batteries, atomizers, or other electronics that are used in conjunction with these products. Due to the nature of the use and misuse of these products, 209 Smoke Shop only warranties that this product meets all factory specs at the time of purchase. No other warranty is implied. 

209 Smoke Shop,www.209SmokeShop.com the point of purchase, and any dealer/distributor will assume no responsibility for any damages or injuries to property or person that may occur. By purchasing any of these items, the consumer/buyer/user assumes all liability and takes full responsibility for usage and the results of these items. Because we cannot control the way lithium batteries will be used, charged, discharged or stored after purchase, 209 Smoke Shop offers no warranty on lithium batteries and any other rechargeable batteries, separate or contained within the device, other than the battery working correctly upon first charge. Lithium battery swelling, lithium batteries damaged through usage, and/or short-circuited batteries will not be covered under warranty. Use lithium and rechargeable batteries and devices containing lithium rechargeable devices at your own risk. These products contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Product images are for illustration purposes only. Actual product colors may vary depending on screen resolution and lighting.

209 Smoke Shop is required by law and committed to preventing sales to anyone under the legal purchasing age for any of our products. When you place an order, your name and address are used to confirm your identity and age. This process only must be done once. In some cases we might be unable to verify your age during check-out and will need you to provide alternate information to complete your order. 

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to use third party age verification systems, in accordance with federal law. If necessary, we reserve the right to ask for identification if necessary. You must be legal smoking age for the state in which you reside to obtain and use a credit card and to purchase electronic cigarette products. In instances in which credit card verification is not enough, we may require to review your identification card. You will be asked to fax or email a legible copy of your identification clearly showing your age and shipping address. We will require a signed authorization note along with a legible copy of your identification card. We will cancel the order if proper identification cannot be given in an appropriate amount of time. All fraudulent orders may be reported to the local authorities within your vicinity.