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Ash Calls For Tobacco Licence To Combat Underage Sales

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Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is calling for a tobacco licence for retailers after a Dunedin dairy was fined for selling tobacco to minors.

The owner received a $300 fine in the Dunedin District Court on charges of selling tobacco to a person under 18.

Enforcement officers from Public Health South carried out the controlled purchase operation last year.

The volunteers used are below the legal purchasing age of 18 and are selected on the basis of looking their age. The 15-year-old volunteer was not asked her age during the purchase.

"We continue to have a lethal product being retailed to underage children. A licence would provide some public accountability." said ASH director, Ben Youdan.

Mr Youdan says retailers would be less inclined to place their licence at risk by selling to underage customers.

"Cigarettes kill one in two people who smoke. It is absurd that something so dangerous can be promoted and sold by anyone, particularly when it is so easy for children to purchase," concludes Mr Youdan.

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