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Local businesses warned for cigarette sales

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Three local businesses have been warned for selling cigarettes to a minor.

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council has warned three local businesses for selling cigarettes to people under 18 years of age.

“The law is very clear that tobacco products are not to be sold to people under 18,” said Phil Josipovic, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Development.

“While most businesses are doing the right thing, it’s disappointing to see that not all are following the law,” he said.

“We have met with the three local businesses about selling tobacco to a minor, and we will retest them in coming months,” he said.

Fines of up to $644 may be issued to the staff member who sells the product. The business may also be fined up to $ 9,671.

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.

Evidence suggests that the earlier a person starts smoking, the more likely they will become a heavily addicted smoker and develop tobacco-related illnesses. Restricting access to tobacco products reduces the prevalence of youth smoking.

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