New Administrative Measures to be taken on Errant Licensees
All tobacco retail licensees are reminded of their responsibility for the sale of tobacco products in their retail outlet(s), and for the supervision of any employee for this purpose. Currently, under Section 10(1) of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, anyone, who directly or indirectly sells any tobacco product to a person below the age of 18 years, is liable on the 1st conviction, to a maximum fine of $5,000, and in the case of a subsequent conviction, to a maximum fine of $10,000.
Despite this, the Authority still observes tobacco retailers and/or their employees selling tobacco products to minors (persons under 18 years of age). As the Authority takes a very serious view of smoking by minors and sales of tobacco products to minors, the following additional administrative actions will be taken on errant licensees, should the licensee or his/her employee sell tobacco products to a minor, from 1 December 2010:
- 1st offence - 6 months suspension of tobacco retail licence*
- 2nd offence - revocation of tobacco retail licence
* Should any outlet be found to have sold tobacco products to minors in school uniform or those below 12 years of age, the tobacco retail licence will be immediately revoked, even at the 1st offence.