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Ash Calls For Licensing Requirement For Tobacco

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Ash Calls For Licensing Requirement For Tobacco

24 February 2009 - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is repeating calls for tobacco retailers to be licensed after a Northland diary owner was fined last week for selling tobacco to minors. A Whangarei dairy, located opposite an intermediate school, received a $500 fine last week after appearing in the Whangarei District Court on charges of selling to tobacco to a person under 18.

"A shop that sold single cigarettes, particularly opposite a school is deliberately targeting young people. A license would provide some public accountability." said ASH director, Ben Youdan.

Mr Youdan is disappointed that the fine is at the low end of the scale, particularly in view of the past history of offending, selling single cigarettes in lolly papers and receiving two warnings prior to the conviction.

"The two prior warnings for selling tobacco to kids didn't work, we'd like to see some tough restrictions focusing on supply of tobacco," concludes Mr Youdan.

"A complete disregard for the law is shown by the shop keeper's comment 'We don't care about your age, here you go' - the public are right to be outraged by such an attitude towards our youth," concludes Mr Youdan.

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