Two Levin retailers sold tobacco products to a person under 18 years during a tobacco controlled purchase operation (CPO) carried out by MidCentral Public Health Services last month.
The retailers were BP Connect Levin, and Mako Mako Road Dairy. Both sellers have been issued with $500 infringement fines. Neither of these retailers had been caught selling to minors previously.
Smoke-free Enforcement Officer Brett Munro congratulates those ten retailers in Levin who did not sell to the volunteers. He said: “Don’t rely on appearance, if they look under 25 ask for ID. An important part of achieving a Smoke free Aotearoa by 2025 is to stop retailers selling to minors.”
In an earlier operation during April eight Whanganui retailers and six Palmerston North retailers declined to sell to the volunteers. These are good results for Whanganui and Palmerston North. Further CPOs will be conducted throughout the year.
If you retail tobacco and would like more information on what to do to comply with the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 or have concerns about retailers selling tobacco to minors (under 18’s) please contact a Smoke-free Enforcement Officer by phoning the MidCentral Public Health Service on 06 350 9110.
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945