Director of North Coast Public Health, Paul Corben said that fines of between $400 and $1000 were handed down by the various Magistrates after the sales persons from stores in Kyogle, Casino, Bowraville, Grafton and Ulmarra pleaded guilty.
“NSW Health is determined to prevent the sale of cigarettes to people under 18 years of age and the No Identification, No Sale is the simplest message we can give to retail shops that sell cigarettes,” Tony Kohlenberg, Environmental Health Officer said.
“If all sales persons ask customers who appear to be under the age of 25 years for identification, then everyone should be able to comply with the law,” said Tony Kohlenberg.
The maximum fine for a first offence by an individual for selling cigarettes to a person under 18 years of age in NSW is $11,000 and for a corporation, it is $55,000.
In the 12 months from July 2012 to June 2013, 93 tobacco retailers across the North Coast were tested for compliance with the Public Health (Tobacco) Act as part of the NSW Health Tobacco Compliance Monitoring Program.
“I am very pleased that most tobacco retailers make an effort to comply, however finding that some shops will still sell cigarettes to children is unacceptable”, said Mr Kohlenberg.
“Preventing children from accessing tobacco products is an important step in reducing smoking-related illness and deaths in our community,” Mr Kohlenberg said
The North Coast Public Health Unit regularly checks retail premises to ensure they comply with the law.
To notify the authorities about someone selling cigarettes to young people,
please call an Environmental Health Officer at your local Public Health Unit on:
1300 066 055
or call the NSW Tobacco Information Line on:
1800 357 412