Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


P. North retailer fined for selling tobacco to a minor

Palmerston North retailer fined for selling tobacco to a minor

A Palmerston North retailer has been fined $500 by the Ministry of Health for selling tobacco products to a minor.

The infringement notice was issued following a recent Controlled Purchase Operation carried out by MidCentral Public Health Services, which involved a volunteer under 18 being sent into retail outlets and asking to buy cigarettes.

During the Controlled Purchase Operation, 13 retailers in Palmerston North were visited. Only one - BP Connect Blue Moon in Fitzherbert Avenue - sold cigarettes to the under 18-year-old.

MidCentral Public Health Services SmokeFree Enforcement Officer Brett Munro congratulated those 12 retailers which did not sell to the under 18-year-old.

Mr Munro stressed the need for retailers to ask customers for identification if they looked under 25 years of age.

“Don’t rely on appearance - if they look under 25, ask for ID,” he said.

“Eradicating the sale of tobacco to minors is an important step towards achieving a Smoke-free Aotearoa by 2025”.

Mr Munro said a positive trend emerging was retailers choosing to go tobacco-free. To date, 10 retailers in the MidCentral DHB region had chosen to stop selling tobacco in their premises.

Any retailer wanting more information on how to become tobacco-free, how to comply with the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 or with concerns about retailers selling tobacco to minors (under 18’s) please contact a SmokeFree Enforcement Officer at MidCentral Public Health Services on 06 350 9110.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Using PPPs To Meet Auckland’s Roading Needs

More than once, the coalition government has ruled out using public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund the country’s infrastructure needs in health and education – apparently private profiteering in those areas is recognised as being undesirable. Not the same story though with transport, and the reasons for that differential treatment are mystifying. Earlier today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that one of two new roads that the government would be co-financing would be a PPP – namely, the Penlink project that will link the northern motorway to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.



HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>


Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>





Featured InfoPages