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Shops fined for selling cigs to kids

TWO SHOPS in the Clarence Valley have been fined for selling cigarettes to people under 18 years of age.

Director of North Coast Public Health Paul Corben said fines of between $400 and $1000 had been handed down by magistrates after sales staff from stores in Kyogle, Casino, Bowra- ville, Grafton and Ulmarra pleaded guilty to the offence.

Environmental health officer Tony Kohlenberg said the offending was concerning.

"NSW Health is determined to prevent the sale of cigarettes to people less than 18 years of age and the 'No Identification, No Sale' is the simplest message we can give to retail shops that sell cigarettes," Mr Kohlenberg said.

In the 12 months from July 2012, 93 tobacco retailers across the North Coast were tested for compliance with the Public Health (Tobacco) Act as part of the NSW Health Tobacco Compliance Monitoring Program.

To notify the authorities about someone selling cigarettes to young people, call an environmental health officer at your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055, or call the NSW Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.

Smoking facts

  • Smoking rates among Australian women peaked at 33% in 1976.
  • In 1945 approximately 72% of Australian men smoked
  • In 2010 only 16.4% of Australian males (14 years or older) were daily smokers.
  • Among students in NSW smoking rates in 2008 were 6.9% among boys and 7.7% among girls aged 12 to 17.


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