To­bacco re­tail li­cence of six stores sus­pended

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A store’s to­bacco re­tail li­cence was sus­pended af­ter the seller sold cig­a­rettes to a 17-year-old, who was buy­ing it for a 14-year-old.

The re­tailer is one of six that had their to­bacco re­tail li­cences sus­pended for the il­le­gal sale of to­bacco prod­ucts to un­der-18 mi­nors, said the Health Sci­ences Au­thor­ity (HSA) in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The cul­prits were caught via HSA’s ground sur­veil­lance and en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties. The 17-year-old is as­sist­ing HSA with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Any­one con­victed of buy­ing or ac­quir­ing any to­bacco prod­uct for some­one be­low 18 can be fined up to $2,500 for the first of­fence.

The sus­pen­sions took ef­fect between July and last month and will last six months.

Among those hit by the penalty are 7-Eleven out­lets at 639 Pung­gol Drive and 319A An­chor­vale Drive. The other re­tail out­lets are SM Mart at 38 Te­ban Gar­dens Road, Ibrahim Trad­ing at 411 Com­mon­wealth Av­enue West, Gui Bin Min­i­mart at 296A Bukit Ba­tok Street 22 and Big Re­tail Su­per­mar­kets at 764 Choa Chu Kang North 5. The sell­ers did not ask for any iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as they were busy or claimed the cus­tomers looked older than they were.

Any­one con­victed of sell­ing to­bacco prod­ucts to a mi­nor be­low 18 can be fined up to $5,000 for the first of­fence and up to $10,000 for the sub­se­quent of­fence. Their to­bacco re­tail li­cence will also be sus­pended for six months for the first of­fence and re­voked for the se­cond one. – ADE­LINE TAN

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