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Retailer sold cigarettes illegally to minor in Tasman - DHB

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A tobacco retailer in the Tasman area has sold cigarettes to a 15-year-old volunteer in a tobacco controlled purchase operation which was undertaken by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) this week.

10 retailers in the Tasman regions were visited by the volunteer on Wednesday with the volunteer attempting to buy cigarettes from retail premises under the supervision of PHS employees.

Public Health Service Operations Manager Sonya Briggs says: "Ideally we would have liked there to be no sales at all, but we are pleased that the majority of retailers asked the volunteer for their ID."

Retailers are advised to always ask anyone who looks younger than 25 years for identification when selling tobacco products. The only acceptable forms of identification are a New Zealand drivers licence, passport, or a suitable 18+ card.

Mrs Briggs says all businesses selling tobacco products need to be certain of their obligations under the Smoke-Free Environments Act, and pass on this important information to staff members.

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