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Retested businesses comply with tobacco laws

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Monday 29 April 2019

Three local businesses who were warned for selling cigarettes to minors earlier this year have been retested, with all three meeting their requirements and refusing to sell tobacco products to people under 18 years.

Mount Alexander Shire Council undertakes tobacco test purchasing on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. The program uses a person under 18 years of age to visit tobacco retailers to determine whether business owners and employees are adhering to strict legislation in regards to cigarette sales.

Council has tested 16 businesses for underage tobacco sales this year. It retested the three businesses that failed the check again in April.

There is strong evidence that the younger a person is when they take up smoking the more likely they will be a lifelong smoker and develop a smoking-related disease.

The test purchasing program is part of a broader strategy to reduce the uptake of smoking. Retailers play an important part in restricting young people’s access to tobacco.

Council’s Public and Environmental Health Team supports businesses to comply with the Tobacco Act with educational visits. The team also undertakes regular inspections to ensure businesses comply with other aspects of the tobacco legislation. This includes supplying smoke free dining, ensuring tobacco products are not on view to the public and displaying proof of age and health warning signs.

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