Locals caught selling cigs to kids
AS part of the ongoing monitoring activities of the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) Public Health Unit, three salespeople have been prosecuted for selling tobacco products to people under 18 years of age in the last six months.
The maximum fine for selling cigarettes to a person under 18 years of age in NSW is $110,000.
Paul Corben, NCAHS, director of Public Health, said the three salespeople prosecuted had hefty fines imposed by local courts.
“Those fined included a newsagent in Crescent Head which was fined $1200, a convenience store owner in Nambucca Heads who was fined $1100 and a salesperson from a supermarket in Macksville was fined $450.
Since July last year, 12% of tobacco retailers tested for compliance with the Section 22 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008, failed to ask for identification.
If anyone sees the sale of tobacco to someone under 18 years of age, the offence can be reported to the Tobacco Information Line 1800 357 412 or to the local Public Health Unit (02 6620 7500 Lismore or 02 6588 2750 Port Macquarie).
The Act also makes it illegal to purchase a tobacco product on behalf of a person under 18 years of age.
For more information about the fines for selling tobacco products, see the website address: