Crackdown on retailers selling tobacco to minors

Four tobacco retailers in Latrobe City have been caught selling tobacco products to children by Council’s Environmental Health team.

The Latrobe City Council’s Environmental Health team conduct an ongoing test purchase program throughout the municipality to ensure tobacco and e-cigarette retailers comply with the laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 years.

Retailers found to be breaking the law risk receiving a $661 infringement notice or prosecution in the Magistrate’s Court with risk of a fine up to $19,320 and the loss of their right to sell tobacco or e-cigarette products.

To date, one warning letter and three infringement notices have been issued to businesses. 47 businesses were found to not have broken any laws with selling tobacco or e-cigarette products to minors.

This is a vast improvement from the 2017 figures which had 11 instances of sales to minors. The goal is to have zero sales.

People concerned about retailers selling products to underage persons should contact the Council’s Environmental Health team on (03) 5128 5613 or the Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Information line on 1300 136 775.

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