Fine for selling cigarettes to minors
IN A stark reminder that selling cigarettes to minors (under 18) is a punishable offence, a Bellingen IGA employee has been fined $800 plus court costs by Bellingen Local Court.
Director of Public Health, Paul Corben, said the offence showed a blatant disregard of tobacco laws.
“This incident sends a clear message to others that selling tobacco or non-tobacco smoking products to minors is against the law,” Mr Corben said.
“Complacency is no excuse – salespeople must ask customers for identification.
“No ID, no sale! is the simple rule.”
Mr Corben said retailers should ask for identification from all younger people who look like they might be under the age of 25 years.
Maximum penalties for this type of offence include fines of up to $110,000.
The Act also allows for fines of $2200 for persons aged 18 or older found guilty of buying smoking products on behalf of underage smokers.
Anyone witnessing the sale of tobacco to someone under 18 can report the offence by phoning the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.