Teen sold cig­a­rettes

Manawatu Guardian - - PEOPLE WHO MEAN BUSINESS -

A 15-year-old vol­un­teer was sold to­bacco dur­ing a re­cent con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tion car­ried out by MidCen­tral DHB Pub­lic Health Ser­vices. The Ash­hurst Ser­vice Cen­tre and two Whanganui re­tail­ers were each is­sued with a $500 in­fringe­ment fine from the Min­istry of Health. There were 23 re­tail­ers in Palmer­ston North, Ash­hurst and Whanganui who did not sell to a vol­un­teer. Midcen­tral DHB says re­tail­ers have been ad­vised not to rely on ap­pear­ances, and if they look un­der 25, ask for ID. “Erad­i­cat­ing the sale of to­bacco to mi­nors is an im­por­tant step to­wards achiev­ing a Smoke­free Aotearoa by 2025.” To date, the re­gion has 10 re­tail­ers who have cho­sen to stop sell­ing to­bacco com­pletely. While smok­ing rates in New Zealand con­tinue to trend down­ward, about 605,000 New Zealand adults still smoke. To­bacco use and breath­ing in other peo­ple’s smoke (sec­ond-hand smoke) causes about 5000 deaths ev­ery year through cancer, stroke and heart dis­ease. It’s the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable death in New Zealand.

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